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Intimate in Character 
International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 

VOL. 78, NO. 1 



The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 



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Want Any Consent Decree to Cover All Firms 



Fans to Pay Dleiv Tax 



DEFENSE TAX: House and Sen- 
ate conferees at week's beginning- 
agreed on a straight 10 per cent ad- 
mission tax starting at 21 cents as 
the industry's share in the defense 
tax. Stanley-Warner, Loew the- 
aters, M & P Theaters and other 
circuits announced tax would be 
passed on to patrons. Major dis- 
tribs. were first out with that an- 
nouncement. Metro's sales chief, 
William F. Rodgers, opined tax 
wouldn't hurt attendance. Internal 
Revenue Bureau drafted a three- 
point ticket plan for collection of 
the tax. * * * 

ALLIED: Organization went on 
warpath against dual bills, broad- 
casting request to all distribs. to end 
double feature policy . . . Allied also 
started a barrage against the 16 
mm. "menace." Talks were initiated, 
with Universal and Monogram re- 
ported ready to restrict licenses for 
reduction of their feature to 16 mm. 
Four committeemen were named to 

Allied's Product Survey body. 

* * * 

EQUITY CASE: As settlement 
talks continued, with trial being ad- 
journed to today, denial was made 
that any outside influence (meaning, 
presumably, banking interest) were 
playing a part in settlement talks. 
A re-examination of the Trade Pi*ac- 
tice Code, proposed by the distribs. 
and rejected by the D of J, was re- 
ported a feature of the parleys look- 
ing to a possible consent decree on 

the part of the majors. 

* * * 

FLASHES: Sub-committee on 
Neely bill deferred action pending 
Congress' recess . . . M of T will 
rerriin in the feature field . . . 
Mono, will remove headquarters to 
the West Coast . . . Nebraska an- 
nounced it would take its case against 
Ascap to the Supreme Court . . . 
Samuel Goldwyn heads film divi- 
sion of the Red Cross Drive . . . 
John Gatelee, New England rep. of 
IATSE, dies . . . Indie exhibs. in St. 
Louis ask operators to take a $10 
cut. . 

Three Majors Said Favor- 
ing Move Would Call in 
Other Companies for Talks 

Possibility of a consent decree be- 
ing effectuated to settle the Gov- 
ernment's equity suit was reported 
dependent on several factors at the 

Further adjournment of the trial of 
the D of J's equity suit against the 
majors will be asked today when the 
ease comes uf> before Federal Judge 
Henry IV. Goddard. Adjournment sug- 
gested will span a week. 

week-end. The three majors most 
strongly in favor of a decree took 
the position that the whole indus- 
try should be embraced in its scope 

(Continued on Page 4) 

211 Down-Stale III. 
Houses in New Unil 

Peoria, 111. — Exhibitors represent- 
ing 211 downstate Illinois theaters 
organized here on a permanent basis 
as United Theater Owners of Illi- 

Edward G. Zorn of Pontiac was 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Sponsor Withdraws Chain 
Theater Bill in Louisiana 

Baton Rouge, La.— Senate Bill 311, 
which would have prevented chains 
from operating more than one the- 
ater in a community of less than 
20,000 population, was withdrawn 
Friday by its sponsor, State Sen. 
Dudley J. LeBlanc. 

Stocking Pennies 

Against Shortage 

Possibility of a penny shortage loomed 
Saturday as exhibs. throughout the coun- 
try "stocked up" heavily with coppers 
to meet the demands entailed by the 
new Federal admissions levies, effective 
today on all theater tickets over 20c. 

In Greater New York alone, circuit 
execs, estimated that some 5,000,000 
movie patrons will find themselves reach- 
ing for tax pennies for the first time, 
when they buy tickets priced under 40c, 
heretofore tax free. 

As an illustration of the tremendous 
demand for pennies, J. R. Vogel of 
Loews said that the circuit's 250 houses 
would need about 25 000.000 pennies at 
all times. Vogel estimated the circuit 
would collect about $3,250,000 annually 
for Uncle Sam. 

N. Y. Allied May 
Accept MPTOA Bid 

Allied Theater Owners of New 
York, Inc., which bowed out of na- 
tional Allied months ago, has been 
invited to affiliate with MPTOA, 
now without a unit in the metropoli- 
tan territory. 

Executive Board of Directors of 
New York Allied, of which Max A. 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Advertising Accessories, 
20th-Fox Said Talking Deal 

Negotiations have been opened by 
Advertising Accessories, Inc., with 
20th-Fox to handle the pix com- 
pany's accessory needs, it was re- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Mayer's Salary Tops Industry 

Treasury Department Reports Film Earnings 

British Acoustic Films 
Loses Erpi Suit Appeal 

The U. S. Circuit Court of Ap- 
peals for the 3rd Circuit, at Phila- 
delphia, late last week, affirmed on 
appeal the lower court decision which 
held the sound picture equipment of 
Erpi was not an infringement of 
British Acoustic Films Ltd's pat- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Louis B. Mayer 
again leads the list of movie per- 
sonalities as the highest paid execu- 
tive in the industry, the Treasury 
Department reported today in a sup- 
plemental report of individuals who 
received in excess of $75,000 for the 
calendar year 1938 or the fiscal year 
ending in 1939. 

The Loew's executive received a 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Minimum of Confusion and 
Hitches Indicated as Col- 
lection of Levies Starts 

Given approximately a week to de- 
termine policies, devise new forms, 
tax pass receipts and daily state- 
ments, effect installation of new 
change machines and otherwise meet 
the situation presented by the new 
10 per cent Federal admission tax 
on tickets above 20c, checkup showed 
Saturday that the industry's exhibi- 
tion arm had turned the trick. 

Collection of the new taxes will 
start across the country today with 
a minimum of confusion and hitches, 
major and indie circuits and indi- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Film Production 
Booming in Spain 

Spain's film studios, particularly 
those in Madrid and Barcelona, are 
currently working at full capacity, 
it was asserted on the week-end by 
R. Casau, film distributor and pro- 
ducer, who is in New York from 

Casau is negotiating for suitable 
U. S. features for his company to 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Disposition of Newsreel 
Men in Europe a Problem 

With agreement reached on cutting 
down war news in the newsreels and 
virtual end of hostilities on the con- 
tinent, disposition of newsreel men 
in Europe presented a problem at the 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Economy Note 

Lincoln, Neb. — If anybody thinks this 
curtailment business is a pipe dream, and 
a reason for asking bigger domestic 
money for the new product, Joe Jacobs, 
Columbia exchange head in Omaha, is 
going out of his way to prove it. Two 
of his possible clients here are George 
Monroe's Colonial and Bob Livingston's 
Capitol. So, in sending out the an- 
nouncement of the new season's prod- 
uct, he addressed one pamphlet to 
George Monroe, Capitol Theater. Be- 
cause it went to the Capitol, Bob read 
it. Because it was addressed to George, 
he then gave it to him. Net saving to 
Columbia: One unused 3-cent stamp. 




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Monday, July 1, 194C 

Vol. 78, No. 1 Mon., July 1, 1940 10 Cents 

JOHN W. ALICOATE : : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

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20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 23/ 8 2'/ 4 23/ 8 + i/ 8 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46 

Loew's deb. 3%s46. . 102% 102% 102% + % 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv. 3'/ 4 s47 79% 79% 79% + % 

Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 


Monogram Picts % % % 

Sonotone Corp 1 % 13^ ]3/^ -±. y g 

Technicolor 10 10 10 + % 


Universal Corp. vtc... 3% 3% 3% 

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Fox Thea. Office Bldg. 1st '46 

Loew's Thea. Realty 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45... 63 65 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

Kurtzman Filling In 

Rochester — Lester Pollock, Loew's 
manager, leaves today on a two- 
week vacation, part of which will 
be spent fishing. Charles Kurtzman, 
Loew's district manager, will take 
over for him the first week, Ed How- 
ard, Pollock's assistant, the second. 

H The Broadway Parade m 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

The Mortal Storm (Metro-Goidwyn-Mayer Pictures) — 2nd week Capitol 

Safari (Paramount Pictures) — 2nd week Paramount 

Tom Brown's Schooldays (RKO Radio Pictures) Music Hall 

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Warner Bros. Pictures) Strand 

Sailor's Lady (Twentieth Century-Fox) Roxy 

Queen of the Mob (Paramount Pictures) Criterion 

Murders in the Rue Morgue (Universal Pictures) (a-d) Rialto 

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Universal Pictures) (a-d) Rialto 

Lost Horizon (Columbia Pictures) (d) Globe 

Rocky Mountain Rangers (Republic Pictures) (a) • ■ ■ Central 

I Take This Oath (Producers Distributing Co.) (a) Central 

Torrid Zone (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

Sandy is a Lady (Universal Pictures) (a) Palace 


Gone With the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Selznick) — 29th week Astor 


The Baker's Wife (The Baker's Wife Co.)— 18th week World 

Carmen de la Triana (Spanish feature) — 3rd week 48th St. Theater 


The Ghost Breakers (Paramount Pictures) — July 3 Paramount 

All This and Heaven Too (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 4 Music Hall 

My Love Came Back (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 12 Strand 

Susan and God (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) (c) Capitol 

Wagons Westward (Republic Pictures) (c) Criterion 

Stage Coach War (Paramount Pictures) — July 3 (a) Central 

Return of Wild Bill (Columbia Pictures)— July 3 (a) Central 

My Favorite Wife (RKO Radio Pictures) — July 4 (a-b) Palace 

Murder in the Air (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 4 (a) Palace 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill, (d) Revival. 

Nizer, Brandt, Steinberg 
in Pleas for Americanism 

Addressing the Motion Picture 
Associates organization yesterday at 
a luncheon at the Astor, Louis Nizer, 
Harry Brandt and Col. A. Ralph 
Steinberg, made pleas for American- 
ism. Jack Ellis, president, presided 
at the luncheon, attended by more 
than 140. 

Nizer stressed the fact that where- 
as the picture industry in other 
countries is granted a subsidy, here 
it contributes millions to the Gov- 
ernment. He pointed out that it was 
right that the Government should 
seek adjustment of grievances in a 
friendly spirit, but definitely wrong 
that the Government should hammer 
the biz. 

Concluding, Nizer said that the 
industry should be glad to make any 
concessions which will contribute to 
a spir-it of fairness and good will, 
and the Government should certainly 
be satisfied with such a spirit. 

Leaders of the Cinema Lodge of 
B'Nai Brith were present at the 
meeting, and over 75 members of 
the Motion Picture Associates made 
applications for membership in the 

Would Have U. S. Show Biz 
Evacuate British Children 

"Ramparts We Watch' 
Premieres on July 9 

"Ramparts We Watch," March of 
Time's first step into the feature 
production field, will have a dual 
premiere in Washington and Los 
Angeles on July 9, it was reported 
at the week-end. It's probably the 
first feature to reach the screen with- 
out cast credits; there are 73 speak- 
ing parts, with cast total about 

Dallas — Suggestion that American 
show business shoulder the task of 
evacuating British children to the 
U. S. is advanced here by Mike Rice, 
leading film attorney in this terri- 
tory. Rice theorizes that it may 
have more stragetic importance for 
America as an immediate step than 
the shipment of men and arms to 
England. Such evacuation, he feels, 
would counteract the paralyzing fear 
of total war, strip the Nazis of a 
strategic weapon. 

Mortgage on GN Studio 
Equipment is Set Aside 

Application of Harry Promberg, 
trustee of Grand National, to set 
aside a $10,000 mortgage held by the 
National City Bank against studio 
equipment and automobiles of GN 
was granted Friday by Referee Peter 
B. Olney, Jr. The decision was made- 
on the grounds that National City 
had failed to file the mortgage on 
the automobiles with the California 
registration bureau, and had neg- 
lected to file the lien on the studio 
equipment until after GN was thrown 
into bankruptcy. 

Every Other Terry-Toon 
Being Made In Color 

Eight pictures completed or in 
various stages of production at the 
Terry-Toons Studio for 1940-41 show 
Paul Terry's cartoon outfit making 
every other subject in Technicolor. 
First on the release schedule is 
"Billy Mouse's Aquacade," made by 
arrangement with Billy Rose. 

COminG and GOIDG 

here today from the Coast. 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK has arrived here fi 

RENE CLAIR, his wife and daughter, an 
JEAN MURAT, actor, are reported to have er 
tered Spain on their way to the U. S. whei 
C.air and Murat will make a special film f< 
the French propaganda authorities. 

PAT CASEY is due to return to the 
this week. 

GEORGE RAFT, after 10 days in New Yorl 
has gone to Hot Springs, Ark. 

ENRIQUE BAEZ, UA's general manager f< 
Brazil, left at the week-end for Rio de Janeir 

ERROL FLYNN has arrived in Mexico Ch 
on the last lap of his vacation tour of Sout 
America. He will spend two weeks there ar 
then return to the Warner studio. 

CARMEN MIRANDA sailed Friday for her horr 
in Rio de Janeiro. She returns in Septemb 
for a musical comedy appearance on Broadwa 

MORRIS LEONARD, B & K counsel, leavi 
shortly for a West Coast vacation. 

WILL HOLLANDER, B & K publicity directo 
and his wife have returned to Chicago from 
two weeks' Eastern motor tour. 

JACK HUNT, manager of the JLS circuit 
Oriental Theater, and his wife have returned 
Chicago from a motor trip to New England. 

HARRY ODENHAL, manager of B & K Coi 
gress Theater has returned to Chicago from 
two weeks' motor vacation in the East. 

GILBERT JOSEPHSON left at the week-er 
to arrange for New England roadshow engag' J 
ments of the French film, "The Baker's Wife 

A. L. PRATCHETT, Para, general manager f 
Cuba, Mexico and Central America, planed o 
yesterday for Cuba. 

ROBERT WILCOX is in Rochester visitii 
his mother. 

J. D. RAPOPORT, Para, branch manager 
Havana, sails from Miami on Friday for Cub 

JOE HOLTON, 20th-Fox talent scout aid 
has returned from a swing around summer stot 

JOHN L. DAY, JR., Para, general manager f 
South America, sails from New York on Ju 
12 for Rio de Janeiro. S. E. PIERPONT, ma 
ager for Brazil, sails on the same boat. 

Dallas Engineers Strike 
Ended by New Contract 

Dallas — Stationary engineers wl 
operate the cooling equipment < 
the downtown theaters staged a twi 
days strike, ended by the signing < 
a new contract. Old agreement he 
expired last September. 

A. M. Brilant 

K. H. Conchrane 

O. P. Madsen 

Helen Weber 


William Wylei 
Charles D. Brow 

Don Eddy 

M. A. Schlesingi 

Olivia de Havilla 

Madge Evans 

Irving Kahal 

Jeanne Crozat 

H. W. Rosch 

C. Aronson 

SIG GRIN, *0* s! 

Light entertainment is the right 
entertainment! And Paramount 
has nothing else but! 

In the hills of Hollywood,^ uS^^"" I the Reporter cheers up and cheers 
Paramount's problem-purged program of light entertainment with these 
happy phrases: " Paramount's smartness should be applauded ^ 
...they're shooting in the right direction... LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT... 
no problem pictures, nothing heavy, / '(j \ plenty of music ^^^^p and 
comedy, \^^) anything designed ^^to give the people ESCAPE." 
In the tall corn of Iowa, the Tri-States Theatres check in with a "Defi- 
nite reaction against heavy dramatic pictures." From coast to coast 
Paramount's prosperous parade of painless, problem-less pictures 
boosts the box offices, as thousands cheer 



forward to "THE GREAT McGINTY 




and dozens more of Paramount's ^fUGHT ENTERTAINMENT! 





Monday, July 1, 1940 

Film Production 
Booming in Spain 

{Continued from Page 1) 

release in Spain. Additionally, he 
is prepared to initiate deals where- 
by his existing short subjects and 
forthcoming feature product will find 
outlet both here and in South and 
Central America. 

, Casau, prior to his arrival in 
New York, set up plans to shoot a 
number of Spanish-language fea- 
tures during both the balance of 
this year and in 1941, and will use 
the facilities of a leading Spanish 

Throughout Spain, he asserted, 
theaters are doing a very brisk 
business, in fact better proportion- 
ately than U. S. stands, considering 
the numerical relationship of houses 
to population. More than 3,000 film 
theaters are now operating in Spain, 
he points out, and, to supply product 
demand, approximately 350 features 
are needed. 

Not only in production equipment 
generally are Spain's studios now 
strong, but also in dubbing equip- 
ment and technique, Casau states. 
He said that he looks for increas- 
ingly close bonds between the Span- 
ish and U. S. wings of the industry. 

Rod LaRoque In "John Doe" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Rod LaRoque, star of 
the silent films, has been added to 
the cast of the Frank Capra-Robert 
Riskin production, "Meet John Doe," 
which goes before camera next 
Monday. Gary Cooper and Barbara 
Stanwyck head the cast. Warren 
Hymer and Granville Bates are other 
late additions. 

Keep Greene-Joyce Team 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Darryl F. Zanuck 
would like to keep the "Maryland" 
stars, Richard Greene and Brenda 
Joyce, as a film team. They may 
possibly be assigned to a story deal- 
ing with pioneer fliers across the 
Atlantic, Capt. John Alcock and 
Lieut. Arthur Brown. 

Warners Assign George Raft 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — George Raft has been 
assigned by Warner Bros, to the 
stellar role in Barry Trivers' "Star 
of Africa," a tale of adventure in 
the diamond mines. 

Adds Two to "Touchdown" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Paramount has added 
Edgar Kennedy and William Fraw- 
ley to the cast of "Touchdown" in 
which Wayne Morris portrays a dual 
role of twins. 

State, Charleroi, Opening 

Charleroi, Pa. — The new State 
Theater, owned and constructed by 
Leon Reichblum, who also operates 
theaters in Wilkinsburg, Castle Shan- 
non, and the Menlo Theater here, 
has opened. 



• • • ONLY a mite more than a month away is the big 

event down Dallas way We mean the National Turtle Races 

there on Aug. 3 which'U see prominent pix personalities 

and Texas biz iirms sponsoring entries for the very logical 

reason that the event is held by Dallas Variety Club Tent No. 17 

and is for the most appealing of all causes Charity 

Climaxing ten prelim, heats each to have over 100 entries 

will be the final champeenship race with the ten heat-winners 

going to the barrier In charge of arrangements for the races 

are Chief Barker Bob O'Donnell, W. G. Underwood, Ben Ferguson, R. I. 

Payne, R. E. Grifftih Lynn Stocker, John Adams, Julius Gordon, 

S. L. Oakley, Harold Robb and Ed Rowley A number ol New 

York Film Row bigwigs expect to hit the trail for the Southwest 

in time to attend the races 

T T T 

• • • PAUL Short, divisional manager jor National Screen 

Service with headquarters in Dallas was recently made a 

life member of Tent No. 17 of the Variety Clubs by Bob 

O'Donnell, 1st Assistant National Chief Barker Honor was 

bestowed on Short for his efforts in staging the celebrations at- 
tendant to the National Convention of Variety Clubs of America 

held last April in Dallas The recipient was given a 

gold-plated membership card very handsomely engraved 

▼ T T 

• • • STUFF: Loew's Rochester Theater continues to add 

to its rep as a powerhouse via the promotional go-getter tactics of Lester 
Pollock whose latest sell-the-customer idea is the installation of the 

Crown Boat Bar on the mezzanine, the drinks are on the house 

Pete J. Wood, of ITO of Ohio, who has been in our midst, charac- 
terizes as very okay Republic's "Grand Ole Opry" RKO Radio's 

Movie Shorts Quiz impressing showmen and newspaper editors 

Andre R. Heymann, French Cinema Center prexy, completing plans 
for U. S. screen debut of the young French actress, Nina St. Claire, 
whose initial starring opus, "Priere Aux Etoiles," was shelved 'cause 

of war conditions East Coast and West Coast, plus John Q. Public, 

growing increasingly 'thusiastic o'er Leslie Selander as a masterful 

director of western dramas First social oasis hereabouts since 

summer began is the cocktail party this aft'noon which Republic is 

hosting for Ona Munson in the Savoy Plaza's Mandarin Room 

Over in Palisades, N. J„ rapid progress is noted on the new Yiddish 
feature, "Who Am I?" which Herman Rosen is producing for Cinema 
Service Corp 

T T T 

• • • ODD SITUATIONS: Down in Lake City, Fla is 

the DeSoto Theater which occupies an erstwhile church 

The buillding was remodeled as a showplace but the steeple 

still remains Within the latter is the original bell which 

is used by the management on occasions when it wants to 

proclaim to the customers that special prices are being 


T T T 

• • • IT seems profligate to have flooded the nation with 

thousands of feet of film and countless nooze stories anent the 

Republican Convention when it all could be told in a sentence: 

"Where there's a Willkie, there's a way" 

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Would Have Consent 
Decree Cover All Co/s 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

and that other companies, not ac 
tively participating in the curren 
total of $688,369.45 of which $147,- 
confabs, should be included in th< 

The Government to date has mad' 
no effort to force inclusion of CV* 
lumbia, United Artists and Un : 
sal in the talks, nor indeed i 
any strong overtures been made V 
them, it is understood. Opinion ha 
been expressed by several attorney 
sitting in that unless there is a soli 
front by all companies little can b 

One of the "bugs" reported er 
countered as the discussions procee 
relates to the desire on the part c 
the majors that the provisions c 
any decree be extended in some wa 
to all companies. 

Majors disposed to accept a se | 
tlement by decree, as one illustr; 
tion, are apprehensive that compet 
tors not bound by its terms woul 
among other things, proceed to se 
as they pleased. 

Another issue raised by the m; 
jors strongly in favor of the decr< 
is the fact that terms of a decree 
rough form do not allow enou£ 
leeway for action by the film cor 

James Gordon Bennett Stories 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAW 

Hollywood — An agency is pedalii 
two stories dealing respectively wi 
the lives of two New York newspap 
publishers, the elder and young 
James Gordon Bennett. Both we 
written by a great-grandniece of t 
elder Bennett, and Charles Blake, 
Chicago newspaper man. 

RKO Signs Alfred Hitchcock 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAI 
Hollywood — By arrangement w 
David O. Selznick, RKO has sigr 
Alfred Hitchcock to direct two p: 
ductions, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" st 
ring Carole Lombard, and "Bef< 
the Fact," starring Anne Shirley 

Gene Raymond With O'Hara 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DA. 

Hollywood — Harold Lloyd 1 
signed Gene Raymond to play 
posite Maureen O'Hara in "Th 
Girls and a Gob" which is Lloj 
first production for RKO. 

Kearney Opening Tomorrow 

Kearney, Neb. — George O. W 
roe said the New Empress, built ji 
$25,000 on the site of the old 
which burned last winter, will o I 

Raymond in Frisco P. A. 

San Francisco — "Cross Coui i 
Romance" will have its world ] a 
miere here at the Golden Gate l'i 
ater Wednesday, with Gene Rayrr, i 
making a p.a. 


• A 

AN DY ^ 


Lewis Stone • Mickey Rooney • Cecilia Parker 
Fay Holden • Ann Rutherford • Diana Lewis and 
Judy Garland • Screen Play by Annalee Whitmore 
and Thomas .Seller • Directed by George B. Seitz 
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture 

Oh Mister Exhibitor! Just keep on having faith in the Friendly Company 
that gives you a "New Moon" (terrific hit in every engagement) followed 
by the best Hardy comedy of them all and more good news coming! 



Monday, July 1, 1940 




What they are — Who has them — How good they are 


"Teddy, the Rough 

(Historical Technicolor) 
Warners 19 Mins. 

Splendid Historical Short 
Every audience will be thrilled by 
it, as it is historically accurate and 
paints one of the greatest eras in U. S. 
history . . . The characterization of 
Theodore Roosevelt by Sidney Blackmer 
is artistic acting on a high plane, 
with Roosevelt seemingly alive on the 
screen with all his vitality and fierce 
crusading spirit . . . Film opens in 
1895 when he took over the post of 
New York police commissioner . . . 
His accomplishments as president are 
depicted and in the closing sequence 
of the film, following his retirement 
from public life, he makes an impas- 
sioned plea for Americanism and 
Democracy that could well be used as 
the watchword of this nation today. 
Excerpts from FILM DAILY review 2/8/40 

"Peace On Earth" 

M-G-M 8 Mins. 

Timely, Enlightening 

In "Peace on Earth," M-G-M has 
turned out a cartoon whose theme is 
off the beaten path . . . while very 
amusing, it also gives the audience 
something to think about ... It en- 
visages a time when all men are killed 
off by wars and the world is left to 
the animals . . . Puzzled by the ex- 
pression "good will towards men," two 
baby squirrels ask their grandpop what 
men were like and what happened to 
them . . . Grandpop tells them . . . 
Then the animals went to work and 
built up a new and peaceful world with 
the implements of war left behind by 
man . . . Short is timely, amusing 
and enlightening ... It is in Techni- 
Excerpts from FILM DAILY review 12/5/39 


Patriotic organizations everywhere 
are cognizant of the superb message 
this short carries. Contact them for 
their help. This year is the 40th 
anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's 
election as Vice-President of the U. S., 
from which post he assumed the pres- 
idency the following year upon Mc- 
Kinley's assassination. Press support 
can readily be enlisted in connection 
with the anniversary, particularly since 
this is an election year. Warner ex- 
changes can supply a one-sheet, 8 x 10 
black and white photos, cuts and mats. 

Showmen are given a splendid oppor- 
tunity to gain editorial and general 
newspaper support on the contents 
of this reel, for it represents in its 
story an important phase of the current 
American mind to keep out of the 
war, but in the forging of military 
implements build for peace. Unique 
ballyhoos can be devised for this sub- 
ject. A teaser letter or postcard 
campaign will be found effective in 
building business. Material suitable 
for exploitation can be obtained 
through M-G-M exchanges. 



"The Declaration of Independence," "Lincoln in the White House," "The Bill of 

Rights," "Monroe Doctrine," "Give Me Liberty," "Sons of Liberty," "The Man Without 

a Country," "Under Southern Stars," "The Song of a Nation," "Old Hickory," "Romance 

of Louisiana," "Teddy, the Rough Rider," "Old Glory." 


"While America Sleeps," "Yankee Doodle Goes to Town," "The Story That Couldn't Be 
Printed," "Peace on Earth," "The Flag Speaks." 


"Patriotic Songs," "Inside the Wh;te House," "Inside the Capitol," "Washington, D. C." 


"Uncle Sam, the Cood Neighbor," "Air Army," "America's Youth, 1940,"" "U. S. 

Navy, 1940."* 

March of Time Issues. 


'The March of Freedom." 

Mayer's Salary Tops Industry 

Treasury Department Reports Film Earnings 


total of $688,369.45 of which $147,- 
250 was salary and $541,119.45 was 
a bonus. 

Loew's contributed the longest list, 
comprising 73 names. They were: 

Lionel Barrymore, $136,584.82; Freddie 
Bartholomew, $118,166.66; Wallace Beery, 
$355,000; David Bernstein, $191,585.81; Ray 
Bolger, $87,000; Frank Borzage, $166,083.33; 
Fanny Brice, $166,500; Clarence Brown, 
$188,708.33; Arlington Brugh, (Robert Tay- 
lor) $184,833.32; Edward Chodorov, $78,000; 
J. J. Cohn, $99,000; Claudette Colbert, $125,- 
000; J. W. Considine, Jr., $122,666.66; Jack 
Conway, $182,000; Joan Crawford, $305,384.- 
43; George Cukor, $125,883.33; Jack Cum- 
mings, $79,750; Melvyn Douglas, $98,583.34; 
Sam Eckman, Jr., $122,410.97; Nelson Eddy, 
$146,416.67, also — 

Victor Fleming, $156,000; Sidney Franklin, 
$169,000; Tules Furthman, $95,266.66; Clark 
Gable, $272,000; Greta Garbo; $270,000; 
Cedric Gibbons, $79,916.67; Ben Goetz, $76,- 
525; Fernand Gravet, $121,242.30; Ben 
Hecht, $159,996.64; Lucien Hubbard, $95,- 
625; B. H. Hyman, $194,187.86; Sam Katz, 
$247,756.97; Vincent Lawrence, $91,333.33; 
Robert Z. Leonard, $190,083.33; Mervyn Le 
Roy, $300,000; Al Lichtman, $229,391.73; 
Louis D. Lighton, $156,166.66; A. M. Loew, 
$183,377.03; Anita Loos, $87,500; Myraa 
Loy, $140,666.64; Ernest Lubitsch, $91,969.- 
28; John Lee Mahin, $80,833.33; Joseph 
Mankiewicz, $156,000; E. J. Mannix, $249,- 
481.97; Robert Montgomery, $209,750; Frank 
Morgan, $182,895.90, also— 

Jeanette MacDonald, $125,000; William A. 
McGuire, $76,250; Eleanor Powell, $85,598.23; 
Harry Rapf, $137,339.25; Edward G. Robin- 
son, $100,000; W. F. Rodgers, $77,333.33; 
J. Walter Ruben, $91,000; J. Robert Rubin, 
$218,423.10; N. M. Schenck, $275,673.13, 
also — 

Norma Shearer, $300,000; Louis K. Sidney, 
$78,000; Lawrence Stallings, $79,208.34; 
James Stewart, $75,291.63; Herbert Stothart, 
$78,000; Hunt Stromberg, $328,817.73; Mar- 
garet Sullavan, $78,000.03; Norman Taurog, 
$156,000; Benjamin Thau, $136,878.49; Rich- 
ard Thorpe, $87,458.34; Franchot Tone, $94,- 
416.66; Spencer Tracy, $212,000; W. S. Van 
Dyke, $216,750; King Vidor, $137,666.67; L. 
Weingarten, $170,272.58; Sam Wood, $93,425; 
Robert Young, $148,916.66. 

Other film concerns reporting were 
as follows: 

Darmour, Inc.— Jack Holt, $103,461.58. 

Walt Disney Productions — Walter E. Dis- 
ney, $104,111.11; Leopold Stowkowski, $80,- 

David L. Loew Productions, Inc. — Joe E. 
Brown, $165,000. 

, Inc. — Herby. j 
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Hal Roach Studios, Inc. — Oliver Hardy 
$116,850; Hal E. Roach, Sr., $106,000. 

Columbia Pictures — Jean Arthur, $136,666. 
67; Samuel J. Briskin, $106,000; Sidney Buch 
man, $92,750; Frank Capra, $294,166.67 
Harry Cohn, $185,500; Walter Connolly, $82, 
500; Cary Grant, $181,250; Al Hall, $83,750 
Howard Hawks, $112,500; Katharine Hep 
burn, $75,000; William Perlberg, $92,750 
Everett Riskin, $92,750; Jack Cohn, $106,- 

Consolidated Film Industries, Inc. — Herb 
ert J. Yates, $75,200. 

Marcus Loew Booking Agency 
kowitz, $92,937. 

RKO Radio— Fred Astaire, $266,837.36 
Pandro S. Berman, $213,773.93; Milton Berle 
$82,499.99; Charles Boyer, $84,277.28; Rich 
ard Dix, $85,015.17; Irene Dunne, $255, 
222.79; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., $194,270.83. 
Cary Grant, $159,375; Gregory La Cava 
$100,000; Leo McCarey, $77,500; Chico Marx. 
$83,333.34; Groucho Marx, $83,333.33; Harpo 
Marx, $83,333.33; George O'Brien, $95,000 
Joe Penner, $90,500; Ginger Rogers, $208, 
767.67; Barbara Stanwyck, $117,291.67 
George Stevens, $130,416.65; Katharine Hep 
burn, $120,160.89; Ned Depinet, $86,921.22 

Twentieth Century-Fox — George and Gert- 
rude Temple, $192,166.67. 

Universal— Charles Winninger, $82,000.02; 
Edgar Bergen, $90,416.68; Rowland V. Lee, 
$104,375; W. C. Fields, $115,000; Henry 
Koster, $118,916.67; Joe Pasternak, $119,- 
875; Victor McLaglen, $123,333.30; Charles 
Boyer, $130,000; Basil Rathbone, $140,833.33; 
Bing Crosby, $150,000; Irene Dunne, $150,- 
000; Edna Mae Durbin (Deanna Durbin), 
$174,916.67; John Stahl, $196,000. 

Vitagraph— S. C. Einfeld, $84,000; Grad- 
well L. Sears, $84,000. 

Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. — 
Joseph Bernhard, $110,000. 

Warner Bros. Pictures — Sam E. Morris, 
$78,000; Lloyd Bacon, $179,125; Sam Bi- 
schoff, $104,250; Henry Blanke, $86,500; 
George Brent, $99,208.33 ; James Cagney, 
$243,000; Michael Curtiz, $171,000; Bette 
Davis, $143,458.33; Errol Flynn, $181,333.33; 
Leo Forbstein, $78,000; Brian Foy, $109,- 
916.67; Edmund Goulding, $168,916.04; Wil- 
liam Keighley, $89,000; Anatole Litvak, $117,- 
857.16; Robert Lord, $134,450; Pat O'Brien, 
$140,333.34; Claude Rains, $98,083.34; Casey 
Robinson, $85,666.66; Max Steiner, $78,000; 
H. B. Wallis, $260,000; H. M. Warner, $156,- 
000; J. L. Warner, $156,000; Maj. Albert 
Warner, $104,000. 

The list, in a majority of cases, 
comprises large corporations which 
requested, and were granted, addi- 
tional time in filing their voluminous 
tax returns. An earlier list was 
issued last January. 

British Acoustic Films 
Loses Erpi Suit Appeal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ents, Nos. 1,597,819 and 2,006,719, 
and that both patents were invalid. 

These patents relate to a film 
driven flywheel for steadying uni- 
form motion of sound film at the 
point of recording or reproduction. 

British corporation brought its ac- 
tion against Erpi on Jan. 10, 1938. 
The case was tried before Federal 
Judge Nields at Wilmington, Del., 
Feb. 14, 1939. His decision in favor 
of the defendant was handed down 
Sept. 22, last. 

'No War News/ Embassy Slogan 

San Francisco — The Embassy is 
advertising, "We Do Not Show War 


"Free Cosmetics" Night 

El Cerrito, Cal.— The El Cerrito 
Theater's latest give-away is a 
"Free Cosmetics" night. 

Disposition of Newsreel 
Men in Europe a Problem 

(Continued from Page 1) 

week-end for the New York offices. 
Majority of the European men are 
said to now be concentrated in Spain. 
Strict censorship and barring of 
outside newsreel men from German 
occupied territories leaves only Eng- 
land itself, Asia Minor and the Far 
East open for war coverage. Ship- 
ping difficulties have also contributed 
to the newsreel companies' troubles. 

Omaha V. C. Tourney July 15 

Omaha — Variety Club will hold its 
annual golf tourney and dinner- 
dance on July 15. 

Chief Barker Morris Cohn, Strand 
Theater, Council Bluffs, la.; Glenn 
Rogers, Film Transport, and Meyer 
Stern, Capitol Pictures, in charge of 

New MP Editor In Chi. 

Chicago — Ann Marsters, feature 
writer of the Herald-American, has 
been named motion picture editor. 

Monday, July 1, 1940 



rv Say 95% of Houses 
Pass Along Tax 

{Continued from Page 1) 

vidual operators generally reported. 

On the basis of the checkup, it 
was indicated that upwards of 95 
per cent of houses, for the present 
at least, would make no attempt to 
raise admissions, restricting the 
boost at the box-office to the exact 
_mount of the tax. 
i wThis policy prevails with minor, if 
■ y, exceptions in New York City. 
K is in the hinterlands where the 
departures are found. They are 
scattering, however, being confined 
to no one area and reflect both tax 
absorption and price boosts, the lat- 
ter to net a penny or two profit as 
well as covering the tax require- 

Major circuits exercising direct 
control over theaters are clinging to 
the pass-along policy. In the in- 
stance of Paramount, it is under- 
stood that its partners, on the whole, 
are of the same mind, although de- 
centralized operation gives the part- 
ners freedom of action. 

While all theaters faced compli- 
cated chages in routine due to the 
new tax setup, the circuit had the 
real job in perfecting new account- 
ing systems for the Government in 
their role of tax collectors, hastily 
ordering and installing new change- 
making machines for all houses, 
drafting and rushing through new 
daily statement forms, schooling 
theater staffs, ordering millions of 
new tickets and setting up immense 
penny reservoirs. 

Akron 25c Subsequents 
Will Absorb New Taxes 

Akron, O. — While Loew's and 
Warners' local houses are passing 
along the new admission tax today, 
the subsequent 25c houses are ab- 
sorbing the levy. The Highland, 
with a 25-30 cent scale, is adding 
the tax to its existing prices. 

Loew's houses in Canton and To- 
ledo and Warners' theater in Can- 
ton is passing the tax along. 

So. Calif. Indie Exhibs. 
To Pass Defense Tax Along 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — At a heavily at- 
tended meeting of independent ex- 
hibitors of this territory it was in- 
dicated that practically every exhib- 
itor will add the new tax to their 
present admission scale. 

Fox West Coast and Warner Bros, 
announced at the meeting that they 
will also do the same. It is believed 
that a small number of theaters 
charging 15 cents may raise their 
price to 20 cents. 

| Detroit Area Exhibs. to Add 
i Tax Without Price Boost 

Detroit — Approximately 250 De- 
troit theaters as well as upstate 
houses were represented in meeting 
Friday on the amusement tax prob- 
: lem. All present indicated intention 
to carry on with present prices and 
add the new tax to admission 

India's Champ. Critic 

Bombay (By Mail) — India's champion 
film critic appears to be Ram L. Cogtay, 
editor of Motion Picture Magazine. Since 
1936, he has caught 300 or more pictures 
annually. Figures by year follow: 1936, 
317; 1937, 330; 1938, 355; 1939, 300. 
They actually represent the number of 
pictures released in Bombay. 

211 Down-Stale III. 
Houses in New Unit 

{Continued from Page 1) 

named acting president and William 
F. Crouch was named executive sec- 
retary. Other officers will be an- 
nounced at the next meeting. 

Organized to protect their inter- 
ests against adverse legislation pri- 
marily, the group also discussed the 
problems of "gypsy" movie opera- 
tors, who are threatening small town 
exhibitors; the dangers of letting 
nickel-in-the-slot machines get a 
foothold, and problems of taxation. 

Organization headquarters will be 
set up by the executive secretary 
downstate, probably, Springfield. 

New York Allied May 
Accept MPTOA Invitation 

{Continued from Page 1) 

Cohen is president, held a special 
meeting to consider the MPTOA 
bid last week, and will further weigh 
it at a second meeting here shortly. 

It is expected that the Cohen- 
headed organization will act favor- 
ably on MPTOA affiliation. 

At last week's unpublicized meet- 
ing, the Board went on record offer- 
ing the services of the State organi- 
zation to President Roosevelt to aid 
national defense. 

The directors also passed a reso- 
lution not to cut admission prices 
but to pass the new defense tax on 
to the public. 

Advertising Accessories/ 
20th-Fox Said Talking Deal 

{Continued from Page 1) 

ported at the week-end. Talks are 
said to be in the preliminary stage. 
The National Screen Service off- 
shoot has already closed deals with 
three majors, Paramount, RKO and 

Moxley Opens New House 

Crawfordsville, Ark.— W. L. Mox- 
ley, of Memphis, who has operated a 
film house at Turrell for several 
months, has opened a theater here. 

Orville Griffith Leases 

Magazine, Ark. — Orville Griffith 
has leased the New Theater from 
E. L. Savage. 

charged. No intention to raise or 
lower basic admission charge in any 
situation was expressed. Meeting 
included Co-operative Theaters of 
Michigan, United Detroit Theaters, 
Michigan Allied members and indies. 


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VOL. 78, NO. 2 




No Squawks as Theaters Collect New Taxes 

New York Movie Patrons 
Accept Defense Tax; No 
Adverse Effect on Biz 

"No squawks." 

That sums up the New York patron 
reaction to the imposition of the new 
Federal admission taxes for defense 
purposes, checkup disclosed yester- 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Congress was asked by 
the President yesterday to enact a 
steeply graduated excess profits tax 
applicable both to corporations and in- 
dividuals "without discrimination," It 
is expected the tax will be modeled 
after one levied during the World War 

day, first day that the 10 per cent 
levy on admissions in the 21-40 cent 
classifications was collected. 

Further, it appeared that the new 

{Continued on Page 8) 

Ban on Shipping 
Fight Pix Lifted 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Prizefight films yes- 
terday became legitimate entertain- 
ment all over the country as far as 
the Federal Government is con- 
cerned, when President Roosevelt 
signed a bill lifting the 30-year old 
ban against interstate transporta- 
tion of fight movies. 

The measure, which permits the 
films to be shown, was sponsored 
by Senator Barbour, Republican, one- 
time national amateur heavyweight 
(Continued on Page 5) 

French Theater Reopenings 
Wait on Demobilization 

Bordeaux (By Cable) — Film the- 
aters in unoccupied France will re- 
open upon the completion of French 
Army demobilization. Tentative re- 
(Continued on Page 5) 

Food for Thought 

Bridgeport, Conn. — Joe Corwel of the 
Liberty, would like a little less for his 
money when it comes to distributors' 
year books. There isn't room on his desk 
to look at them, let alone keep them, 
he complains, so he throws them regret- 
fully into the basket. 

Production Lull Strihes Hollywood; Only 

Three Features to Start Shooting This Week 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Three pictures are scheduled to go into production this week; it's the 
lowest figure in months. The list: 

At Paramount: "Touchdown!" with Wayne Morris, Virginia Dale and Lillian Cornell. 
At 20th Century-Fox: "Youth Will be Served" starring Jane Withers. 
At Universal: "Seven Sinners" with Marlene Dietrich. 

Defense Shoulders Chi. Indies Trying 

Neely Bill Aside 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Inaction by the 
House sub-committee on the Neely 
bill during the coming week was in- 
dicated yesterday. A committee 
spokesman told The Film Daily 
that national defense had the right 
of way. 

The lag in action on the film meas- 
ure may extend to the Democratic 
national convention in Chicago, start- 
ing July 15, which will occupy an- 
other week, it was learned. 

Congressional leaders are now 
talking about adjournment in mid- 
August as the campaign tempo in- 
creases, this would kill any chance 
of action this session. 

Mass. Court In Test Case 
Gives Bank Night Okay 

East Cambridge, Mass. — Michael 
J. Hurney, representing the Tower 
theater of Lowell, in what was con- 
sidered a test care to determine the 
validity in this state of the so- 
called theater "Bank Night," was 
found not guilty of charges against 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Early 20c Shows 

Chicago — With the new Fedei'al 
admission tax generally passed along 
here yesterday, it is estimated that 
approximately 50 per cent of the in- 
dies are experimenting with early 
shows at 20 cents, thus escaping the 
10 per cent levy until evening prices 
of 25 and 35 cents become effective. 

Twenty per cent of the indies, how- 
ever, have scales under 20 cents for 
night performances, it is estimated 
in indie circles. 

In two instances, theaters have not 
only added the new Federal levies, 
but additionally have made a straight 
five-cent boost. They are the Alli- 
ance circuit's State and Ike Holy- 

(Continucd on Page 5) 

Bioff Clemency Action 
Must Wait Till Oct. 7 

Springfield, 111. — Clemency applica- 
tion of William Bioff, West Coast 
IATSE leader, now serving out a 
22-year-old sentence in Illinois, has 
been continued for hearing Oct. 7. 
Bioff, it is stated, failed to complete 
technical requirements for action 
July 9. 

Fewer Chi. Summer Closings 

Cool Weather Keeps Film Theaters Open 

Would Enjoin Warners 
From Signing Ainley 

Select Theaters Corp. will apply 
today for a temporary injunction 
against Warners to restrain it from 
signing a contract with Richard Ain- 
ley, legitimate actor, papers filed in 
the New York Supreme Court yes- 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Chicago — Summer closings in this 
city and vicinity are below last year's 
mark, survey discloses. With wea- 
ther remaining cool, patronage has 
held up unusually well, with the re- 
sult that several indies which had 
posted closing notices are continu- 
ing to operate. 

Both B & K and Warner houses 
are all operating. Great States has 
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Sub-Committees Agree on 
Provisions, Submit Them 
To Majors and the Gov't 

Expert N. W. Allied 
TO Okay Buying Unit 

Minneapolis — Looming as the 
principal subject for consideration 
when Northwest Allied convenes at 
the Nicollet Hotel here July 10-11 
is the scheduled committee report 
on the organization of a buying unit. 

In view of existing conditions, in- 
formed sources said yesterday that 
it is virtually certain that some 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Allied N. E. Unit to Meet 
On Product Survey July 16 

Boston — Independent Exhibitors, 
Inc., Allied's New England affiliate, 
will meet July 16 to start the ball 
rolling for the product survey and 
information bureau setup authorized 
by national Allied's recent Chicago 

Saved by a Point! 

Columbus, O. — The Internal Revenue 
Bureau here ruled yesterday that the 21 
cents gross admission in Ohio is exempt 
from the new 10 per cent Federal de- 
fense levy provided box office signs 
read: 20.37 cents admission, plus .63 
state tax. Latter represents the 3 per 
cent excise levy. 

Special sub-committees appointed 
to discuss various aspects of settle- 
ment of the equity suit by consent 
decree have agreed upon provisions 
covering both clearance and over- ' 
buying, and have submitted their re- 
ports to the litigants, it was reliably 
learned yesterday. 

The important subjects of arbi- 
tration and block-booking still re- 
main in the formative stage, and 
no agreement has been reached on 
them, it was said. 

Federal Judge Henry W. Goddard 
yesterday postponed trial of the suit 
for one week to July 8 after Special 
Assistant Attorney General J. Ste- 
phen Doyle informed the Court that 
sub-committees were meeting "al- 
most daily," and that several of 

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Am. Seat 7>/ 8 7 7'/ 8 — '/. 

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Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 

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Warner Bros 2]4 2l/ 4 21/4—'% 

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Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45.. 64 66 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

306 Membership to Meet 

Membership meeting of Local 306, 
operators, has been called for tonight 
to discuss the acceptance into the 
union of operators now employed in 
the Cocalis circuit if the RKO deal 
to take over the theaters goes 
through. Discussion on the subject 
was held at the last membership 
meeting, but it was referred back 
for further study. 

Schlesinger Plant Closed 
As 200 Workers Vacation 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — A month ahead of 
schedule on production, Leon Schles- 
inger's cartoon plant has closed for 
the annual vacation period; activity 
resumes July 15, when staff of 200 
reports back. Employes with or- 
ganization for year or more get 
week's vacation with pay, others half 
a week's. 

Twenty pictures are now in some 
phase of production for the 1940-41 
Warner program, which calls again 
for 26 "Merrie Melodies" in Tech- 
nicolor and 16 "Looney Tunes" star- 
ring Porky Pig. 

First "Merrie Melodie" for the 
new season is in its final stages. 
It's "Malibu Beach Party", "Pre- 
historic Porky," first '40-'41 "Loo- 
ney Tune," has already been photo- 

Bank Night Indictments 
Nol-prossed in R. I. 

East Greenwich, R. I. — Indict- 
ments issued May 26, 1938 against 
Arnold Berger, former resident man- 
ager of the Greenwich theater, and 
Philip H. Lavine, Bank Night rep- 
resentative, both of Boston, Mass., 
charging them with violation of the 
State's general laws in conducting 
a bank night drawing at the the- 
ater in 1938, were nol-prossed June 
27 by Judge Herbert L. Carpenter 
in Superior Court here. Assistant 
Attorney General Jacob S. Temkin 
had recommended the action. 

Indies and B & K Still 
Using Triples In Chi. 

Chicago — The Iris, Dale, Times and 
the Rio, indies, and B & K's Belmont, 
Biltmore and Crystal theaters are 
clinging to triples. At the last two 
named houses B & K featured "Dr. 
Kildare's Strange Case." "Broadway 
Melody of 1940" both Metro pix, and 
"Gangs of the City," Republic re- 

Seventeen theaters featured pi'e- 
miums over the week-end, but only 
three advertised book giveaways. 

Canadians to Watch Films 
For "Offensive" Material 

Montreal — While film censorship 
remains in the hands of provincial 
authorities, the Dominion Govern- 
ment's Censorship Co-ordination 
committee plans to make heads of 
all provincial film censorship boards 
unofficial agents of the Censorship 
Committee so they can remain on 
the alert for "offensive" material in 
films they review, it is learned here. 

6 Triple-Quota British 
Films Produced in Year 

London (By Air Mail)— Of the 108 
British feature pictures produced 
during the quota year ending on 
March 31 last, six qualified for triple 
quota, 20 for double quota and 25 
for exhibitor's quota only. 

Tuesday, July 2, 1940 

Will Up Prices One Night 
In Ohio Keys for ATAHT 

Cleveland— ATAHT opens July 13 
at the Hippodrome under the reg- 
ular continuous policy at popular 

In key spots throughout the state, 
however, the pix will be given one 
pre-release evening showing at ad- 
vanced prices with reserved seats, 
the regular popular priced run to 
follow within a few days. Towns 
selected for this policy which has 
been successful on previous occa- 
sions with pictures of this type in- 
clude Lima, Mansfield, and Ports- 

Cincinnati — ATAHT road showing 
set at RKO Capitol, has been can- 
celled. The film will be shown July 
12, at popular prices. 

Ben Turpin, Early Screen 
Comedian, Dead on Coast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Ben Turpin, 65, vet- 
eran screen actor, died yesterday in 
a local hospital to which he was hur- 
riedly removed from his Beverly 
Hills home. He began his career 
as an entertainer with a Sam T. 
Jack burlesque company in Chicago, 
and, after 11 years in vaudeville, 
entered the films during their early 
stages of development. 

Best known through his work in 
silent pictures, in which field he capi- 
talized on the physical defect of 
cross-eyes, he rose to eminence as 
a comedian under the banner of 
Mack Sennett. 

In the talkies, Turpin made a few 
appearances, chiefly in "Hollywood 
Cavalcade" and more recently in 
"Saps At Sea," the Laurel-Hardy 
starring vehicle produced by Hal 
Roach and released by UA. 

Action on Detroit's Sign 
Ordinance Off 90 Days 

Detroit — Action on Detroit's new 
ordinance barring red or flashing 
signs within 22 feet of sidewalk level 
was postponed 90 days by the City 
Council. Action was taken on pro- 
test of Co-operative Theaters of 
Michigan, which pointed out that the 
new rodinance would seriously af- 
fect Detroit theaters. 

RKO's Lyric, Cincinnati, 
Lowers Box-Office Scale 

Cincinnati — RKO's Lyric, down- 
town, dropped prices yesterday. Un- 
til 6 p.m., new scale is 33 cents: 
after that, price is 42 cents. Both 
prices include Federal and stati 

"Maginot" Out at 20th-Fox 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — 20th Century-Fox has 
-ailed off "The Life of Andre Magi- 
not" because of war developments. 
Tentatively added to the schedule 
•we "Seward's Folly," a story of the 
A.laskan purchase, and "Not for 
Glory," which deals with the Al- 
cock-Brown transatlantic flight. 

COminG and GOIflG 

HERMAN WOBBER, general sales manager of 
20th-Fox, is scheduled to arrive in New York 
next week from the Coast. 

JOSEPH H. MOSKOWITZ, Eastern production 
executive in charge of the local talent and story 
department of 20th-Fox, left New York yester- 
day for the Coast. 

LYNN FARNOL, UA's advertising and pub-J 
licity head, leaves the home office Frit*-.'-t. for 
Plattsburg's Citizen Military Training -np, 

and returns to his post here in early / , - v . 

MAURICE "RED" KANN and his wife, the? 
former FRANCES CROSS, have returned to New 
York from an extended honeymoon trip. 

RALPH BLUM, Hollywood agent, and his wife, 
CARMEL MYERS, screen actress, have arrived in 
New York from the Coast. 

CHARLES SKOURAS, Fox West Coast The- \ 
aters chief, left New York last night for Holly- 

LOU SMITH, Columbia studio publicity direc- 
tor, leave New York today for Boston. 

GEORGE FETTICK, booker for Republix The- 1 
aters, Cincy, has left for an extended vacation I 
in the Pacific Northwest. 

JACK LYKES, manager of Loew's Stillman, 
Cleveland, and MRS. LYKES, are on a busman's 
holiday in New York, taking in the new stage 
and screen shows. 

BILL REISINGER, Loew-Poli-Bijou, New Haven 
manager, is on vacation in his home town, 
Dayton, while Nat Rubin of the Poli subs. 

HARRY ROSE, manager of the Globe, Bridge- 
port, Conn., is vacationing in Atlantic City. 

SIG SCHLAGER, president of Producers Corp. 
of America, and HENRY HERZBRUN, executive 
and counsel for the company, have arrived in 
New York from Hollywood. 

players, arrive in New York next Tuesday morn- 
ing via TWA, and will continue immediately 
to Baltimore to attend the world premiere of 
the 20th-Fox feature, "Maryland." 

LOUIS SHURR has arrived in Hollywood from 
New York. 

SAM WOOD, accompanied by his family, has 
arrived in Honolulu. 

JOHN CHAPMAN has arrived on the Coast 
from New York. 

Cargill Deal Won't Halt 
"American Way" Filming 

Reports of the possible deferment 
of production of the screen version 
of "The American Way" in light of 
theatrical road rights' acquisition by 
the Jerome H. Cargill group were 
spiked yesterday when sources close 
to the situation asserted that the i 
stage property would be presented 
in a number of U. S. stands by ama- 
teur players, and this is scarcely 
calculated to interfere with bringing 
"The American Way" to the screen 
in 1940-41. 













Talk about a "sleeper"! 

Don't get caught napping on this one! 

We heard it was a swell picture— 

But yesterday we screened it and 

What a thrill! 

Every once in a while there comes an 

Unusual, unheralded show like 

"Sporting Blood" about which showmen say: 

'Why didn't you tip me off in advance?" 

We're telling Mister showmen — 

There's grand entertainment coming! 

There's heart-throb, gripping action, romance in 

M-G-M's "Sporting Blood" Please take our tip! 

Book it wisely. Promote it enthusiastically! 

William Gargan • Lynne Carver • Screen Play by Lawrence Hazard • Albert Mannheimer and 
Dorothy Yost • Directed by S. Sylvan Simon • Produced by Albert E. Levoy • An M-G-M Picture 


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Tuesday, July 2, 1940 

Fewer Chicago 
Summer Closings 

(Continued from Page 1) 

closed only a couple of theaters, 
these situations annually following 
that policy. 

Essaness, while closing- a few 
nabes, is continuing evening shows 
at the West End theater; matinees 
there have been dropped. RKO has 
only the Palace dark. Schoenstadt 
circuit has held closings to several 
smaller nabes on the South Side. 

Beck circuit has closed the Pas- 
time in the Loop for wrecking, and 
will replace it with a new house. 
Sonotone theater in the Loop has 
been reopened by Herb Ellisburg as 
the Studio theater; house has a sin- 
gle feature policy. 

New MBS Dept. to Supply 
Talent to Film Theaters 

Chicago — Mutual Broadcasting 
System has established a talent de- 
partment in Chicago under Noel Ger- 
son management. It will supply tal- 
ent to film theaters. 

Organize Trio Films 

Trio Films, Inc., a new distribu- 
tor headed by Martin J. Lewis, H. S. 
Rosenwald and Harold S. Neuber- 
ger is distributing "Break the 
News," English musical starring 
Maurice Chevalier, directed by Rene 
Clair. Jack Buchanan produced the 
film and plays a leading role. Lyrics 
and music were contributed by Cole 

Arthur H. Davis Dead 

Nashua, N. H. — Arthur H. Davis, 
78, former theater owner and man- 
ager, and in recent years head of 
the Nashua Poster Advertising Co., 
is dead. 

Tony Martin In Albany P.A. 

Albany — Lou Golding, Fabian dis- 
trict manager, has booked in Tony 
Martin for a one-day p. a., July 9 
at Fabian's 3,700-seat Palace The- 

Duals at N. H. Drive-In 

Manchester, N. H. — Drive-in the- 
ater, accommodating more than 400 
automobiles, has been opened at 
Pine Island Park. Theater has a 
duals policy. 


George Folsey 
Edward Ryan 
Leo T. Weiss 


T ▼ T 

• © • THIS Fourth of July is going to be glorious in a truly 

constructive sense out at the Rockville Country Club. Rockville 

Center, L. I There's going to be shooting but it won't be of 

the goofy fireworks variety It'll be golf and if our industry 

divot diggers want to have a great day for themselves plus helping 

to alleviate the appalling suffering of the innocent women and 

children victims of European savagery then they should pack up 

their woods and irons and hie lor the Rockville Center scene 

This is Tom (M-G-M) Gerety's home club and the event its members 

are staging on Thursday is the Red Cross Tournament Winnings 

of the day. including the side bets, will go to the American Red 

Cross We should have more "shooting" of this kind on Indepen- 
dence Day and less shooting of fireworks which has the 

"honor" of maiming American kids on this side of the Big Pond. . . . 

T T T 

• • • LYNN Farnol, UA's ad-publicity chief, has been 

granted a one month's leave of absence by the company 

to enable him to take the prescribed period of training at the 

Citizens Military Training Camp at Plattsburg He leaves on 

Friday and will return to his desk early in August . . . 

• Lunching yes'day at "21" Sol Lesser, Ernst Lubitsch, Grad 

Sears, Carl Leserman. . . ."Red" Kann, George and Charles Skouras, 

Herbert J. Yates, Moe Siegel, Sam Dembow George "Gabby" 

Hayes, Jacques Mersereau, Dorothy Mackaill — truly a light 

luncheon. . . .with the light furnished by the cinematic luminaries. 

• Rubber-stamp pix making is apparently not yet extinct in Hol- 
lywood Just this last week your scribe attended a "dou- 
ble screening" along Film Row In the first of the two produc- 
tions unleashed in the screening room there was the follow- 
ing dialogue line: "You have a right to shoot them, they're 

prowlers!" and doggone it if the exact same line didn't out- 
crop in the second feature shown ... • Republic solons and 

the press were on deck en masse yes'day aft in the Man- 
darin Room of the Savoy Plaza wherein a slick cocktail re- 
ception was held for the magnetic Ona Munson 

▼ TV 

• • • STUFF: Harold C. Robinson, head of Film Truck Service 

in Detroit, and Chief Barker of the Variety Club there, is expected to 
run for sheriff of Wayne County in the Fall election, — which apparently 

proves that Harold is anxious to hitch himself to a "star" This may 

be the buying season, but for Col. Harry Cole, National Allied prexy, 
and Eddie Burnell, Chi exhib., it's definitely the hunting season, for these 
two gents went to spend a few days at the Minnesota Summer home 
of Al Steffes, former N. W. Allied head, and when one of the latter's 
pet peacocks suddenly went A.W.O.L., the Colonel and Eddie spent 
two days hunting the bird in the nabe woodlands, finally locating it 

via searchlights at 11 p.m. the second night out! Carmel Myers 

and her hubby, Ralph Blum, are stopping at the Gotham All of 

Ronald Colman's pix from silent days to date will be shown to So. Cal.'s 

classes under aegis of Prof. Warren Scott Yes'day in Cincy, Al 

Hobt, Metro cashier, celebrated his 19th anniversary with company 

exchange there From Fredericksburg: Ben T. Pitts, circuit operator, 

has been reappointed by Gov. Price to State Port Authority for a four- 
year term Christiansburg, Va.: Bill Snidow, manager of the Palace, 

has just been re-elected to the Town Council by the largest vote ever 
polled in the community 

« « « 

» » » 

Draft Overbuying, 
Clearance Formulas 

(Continued from Page 1) 

these committees "have submitted 
propositions with respect to spe- ! 
cific subjects." Judge Goddard then 
said that it was "very desirable to 
reach an agreement as soon &<' >s- 
sible." ; * 

It was learned that the recom- 
mendations on clearance and over-' 
buying will be discussed by parties I 
to the suit, and that recommenda- 
tions may be forthcoming from 

Ask Wide Arbitration Powers 

The Government is requesting | 
that arbitration boards be given the 
broadest jurisdiction over disputes 
between exhibitors, while defendants j 
are countering with a more limited .1 
jurisdiction for these boards. Arbi-'j 
tration boards in all likelihood will 
be set up in each of the localities 
in which exchanges are centered, 
and a national administration board i 
will hear appeals from local decis- 
ions. The major difficulty, it was. 
said, is for the conferees to agree 
upon the complex machinery of ar- 
bitration and the jurisdiction of the! 

Allied Against Groups of 10? 

Reliable sources envisage an c 
agreement on block-booking which 
would extend to the defendants the 1 ; 
privilege of grouping pictures in j 
blocks of either 10 or five, with ex- 
hibitors having the right to elimi- 
nate two films from a group of 10, 
but none from a group of five. 

Observers are skeptical that the 
block of 10 proposal would be ac- 
ceptable to Allied, even with the 
cancellation provision. It is under- 
stood Allied might accept the block 
of five plan, originally suggested by 
the D of C. 

The certainty of a consent decree 
rather than of a stipulation or gen- 
tleman's agreement is growing as 
talks continue, in the opinion of at- 
torneys. Local competitive bidding, 
a Government proposal via the De- 
partment of Commerce, seems to 
have gone by the boards, with some 
form of arbitration taking its place, 
it was further said. 


Wineland Signs for RCA 

, Lloyd J. Wineland, president 
the Fairlawn Amusement Co., is 
letting contracts for equipment for 
a new 600-seat theater being erect- 
ed in Washington, D. C, to be known 
as the Highland. He has signed 
with RCA Photophone for sound 
equipment of the latest High Fidel- 
ity type. The Company also oper- 
ates the Fairlawn and the Congress. 


For a Long Week-End 

With home offices shuttering all day 
Thursday, RKO Radio announced yester- 
day that on Friday the h.o. would oper- 
ate with a 50 per cent skeleton staff. 
Other 50 per cent had the Friday fol- 
lowing Memorial Day off. Other com- 
panies will decide their Friday policy 



"uesday, July 2, 1940 

hi. Indies Trying 
iarly 20c Shows 

(Continued from Page 1) 

loss's Paramount at Anderson, Ind. 

B & K has reduced the matinee 

a rice at the Covent, a nabe, to 15 

-.ei!^ It's termed an experiment by 

l'"7 'rcuit. 

'Off-Street Storage Space" 
For Autos Urged In Cincy 

Cincinnati— Col. C. 0. Sherrill, 

Z'\ty manager, recommended to the 
ity council that city authorities con- 
ider requiring "off-street-storage 
pace" for autos. Most Cincinnati 
uburban exhibitors provide free 

<Jew "Kildore" Pix 

• est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — M-G-M will start pro- 

: luction Monday on the tentatively 

, itled "Dr. Kildare Goes Home." 

jew Ayres and Laraine Day head the 

•ast which includes Nat Pendleton, 

■' Vlma Kruger, Walter Kingsford, 

imma Dunn and Samuel S. Hinds. 


Chicago— Wedding bells are ring- 
rig for B & K cashiers. Lillian Se- 
rai, Marbro Theater, was married to 
5am Karlov, while Helen Miller of 
he United Artists theater staff, be- 
ame Mrs. Theodore Drell. LaVerne 
?choennig changed her name to Mrs. 
?red Edward Cothroll. Arthur 
'"Valey, assistant service chief of the 
Chicago Theater, will marry Irene 
;?utenbach on July 6. 

Cleveland — The marriage of Dor- 
ey Brown, M-G-M head booker, and 
-fiss Lucille Spencer of this city, 

, riginally set for July 20 has been 

postponed to Aug. 3. 

Indianapolis — Corine Marlatt, Uni- 
ersal billing clerk and Walter Har- 
ds were married Saturday. 

Indianapolis — Betty Irwin, book- 

eeper, and Hobart Kaylor, booker, 

Vainer Bros., exchange, were mar- 

ied Saturday in the Meridian 

;,• heights Presbyterian Church. 

■ Springfield, Mass. — Wedding of 
fielma Alice Baker and Edward Jos- 
' ph Powers, Jr., of the Art Theater 
taff, took place Saturday in the 
■A- 'ectory of St. Michael's Cathedral. 

Vaughn, N. M. — Juanita Davis, 
• aughter of Col. and Mrs. W. E. 
>avis of Lovington, and David Reece, 
lanager of the Studio Theater here, 
/ere married at the Davis home in 

I Des Moines, la. — Miss Ruby Stacy, 
!f Universal's local office will be 

I larried to Carroll C. Carter, of 
'tation WHO at Des Moines on 
ug. 18. 

See G.O.P. Anti-Trust Platform Plank 

Dooming Arnold Taetics if II ill hie Wins 

With 18 of the 30-odd planks in the GOP platform bearing on business and its 
relationship to Government, industry interest particularly is centering on the Republican 
declaration regarding anti-trust legislation. The platform plank calls for enforcement 
of the Sherman and Clayton acts, but condemns the use or threatened use of criminal 
indictments to obtain, through consent decrees, objectives not contemplated by law. 

Wall St. financial opinion interprets this as clearly indicating that the tactics 
employed by Assistant Attorney Ceneral Thurman W. Arnold, chief of the D of J's 
anti-trust division, will go out the window under a Republican administration in Wash- 

Would Enjoin Warners 
From Signing Ainley 

(Continued from Page 1) 

terday revealed. Suit, which names 
Warner Bros, and Ainley as defend- 
ants, asks for $100,000 damages in 
addition to an injunction, and claims 
that the plaintiff has Ainley under 
exclusive contract until Oct. 1941. 

Select further states that it has 
negotiated a deal with M-G-M where- 
by Ainley would be employed for 
that company for a four-year period 
at a salary ranging from $1,000 
weekly to $2,500. Warners, the com- 
plaint states, without the plaintiff's 
authorization, has hired Ainley for 
one year at $600 weekly to $650. 

French Thea. Reopenings 
Wait on Demobilization 

(Continued from Page 1) 

opening date in Marseilles and Tou- 
louse, is July 15. 

Exhibition of war pictures will be 
banned during the Franco-German 
armistice period. 

"Leopard Men" Deeds Closed 

E. L. McEvoy, general sales man- 
ager of Select Attractions, has set 
"Leopard Men of Africa" for the 
RKO Temple, Rochester; Fay's The- 
ater, Providence; Shea's Hippodrome, 
Buffalo; Loew's Plaza Theater, Wor- 
cester, Mass.; Wilmer & Vincent's 
Colonial Theater, Harrisburg, Pa. 

Roach Signs Adolphe Menjou 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Hal Roach has signed 
Adolphe Menjou for the "Road 
Show" role which the late Walter 
Connolly was to have played. 
Charles Butterworth, Margaret 
Roach and Marjorie Woodworth 
have also been added to the cast. 

Rodgers-Hart on "Argentina" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — RKO has assigned 
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart 
to do music and lyrics for "They 
Met in Argentina." Maureen O'Hara 
and Alberto Vila will have the prin- 
cipal roles. 

Oakland's Esquire Burns 

Oakland, Calif. — Esquire theater, 
recently reopened after a $30,000 
remodeling job, is again dark, fol- 
lowing a balcony fire. Franklin the- 
ater has reopened; taking over the 
Esquire bookings. 

Pecchio Modernizing 

Eatonville, Wash. — A. G. Pecchio 
is modernizing his Roxy here by in- 
stalling new RCA Photophone sound 

Mass. Court in Test Case 
Gives Bank Night Okay 

(Continued from Page 1) 

him, in Superior Criminal court here. 
Specifically charged with setting up 
and managing a lottery for money 
on March 1, he was exonerated by 
decision of Judge Frederick W. Fos- 
dick. The case was submitted to the 
court on an agreed statement of 

Expect N. W. Allied 
To Okay Buying Unit 

(Continued from Page 1) 

form of a buying combo will be 

The fight for the secretaryship of 
the Allied is becoming hot, with Ben 
Ashe rated in the lead. A group 
headed by Sol Lebedoff is trying to 
place his son, Martin, in the post, 
it is reported. Stan Kane, former 
secretary, is also being mentioned. 
Executive Board, it is said, may rec- 
ommend Ashe, who yesterday re- 
signed as manager of the Berger 
Amusement Co. 

To Aid the Red Cross 

West Coast Bmeau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Olivia de Havilland 
and James Stewart leave by plane 
tomorrow for Houston Tex., to take 
part in a Fourth of July celebration 
for the benefit of the American Red 

Leon Errol for Mystery Film 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Upon completing his 
next picture with Lupe Velez, Leon 
Errol will be starred by RKO in 
"Murder Will Out," a mystery thrill- 

Hitchcock on Propaganda Pix? 

West Coast Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Alfred Hitchcock has 
gone to Ottawa to confer with Eng- 
lish film execs, on directing a propa- 
ganda film. 

Giving 'Em More Flesh? 

Bridgeport — Loew's Globe inaug- 
urates Bathing Beauty contests and 
reduces its Monday night vaude to 
three acts for the summer months. 

State, Allison, la.. Sold 

Allison, la. — The Allison State 
theater has been purchased by J. B. 
Fairchild, formerly of Traer. House 
formerly was operated by C. L. 

Watta uh Mean, Safety? 

Cincinnati — Al Sugarman, RKO 
representative, suffered severe burns 
on his fingers when safety matches 
exploded in his hand. 

Ban on Shipping 
Fight Pix Lifted 

(Continued from Page 1) 

champion, and was supported by 
principals in boxing and others gen- 
erally. National figures who ap- 
peared here in behalf of the legisla- 
tion were Jack Dempsey, former 
heavyweight champion, and Major 
John Reed Kilpatrick, president of 
Madison Square Garden. There was 
no opposition to the bill, Senator 
Barbour said. 

The legislation was enacted after 
the Jeffries-Johnson fight in 1910. 
While the law was supposed to be 
nation-wide, some states have not 
enforced it in recent years and have 
allowed fight pictures to be shown. 

Krim House In Detroit 
Swells Red Cross Fund 

Detroit — Move for a series of Red 
Cross shows, with all proceeds of 
the shows contributed to the charity, 
has been started by Edward Jacob- 
son, manager of Krim's Harmony 
Theater. Jacobson got the okay of 
the Board of Education to have an- 
nouncements made over the p.a. sys- 
tems in the seven schools of the 

Youngsters were admitted free, 
but asked to make any donations 
they liked to the Red Cross nurses 
at the door. 

$55 was collected. The projec- 
tionist donated his services, and 
United Artists exchange contributed 
the use of a feature and cartoon for 
the occasion. 

M-G-M Buys "Balloon Buster" 

l\\-sl Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — "The Balloon Buster," 
by Frank Luke, Jr., balloon ace of 
the last war, has been purchased 
from RKO by M-G-M for a Robert 
Taylor vehicle. Screenplay by Dud- 
ley Nichols is included in the deal. 

W. E. Jordan Promoted 

Chicago — W. E. Jordan, manager 
of the Chicago offices of Films, Inc., 
for the past four years, has been 
promoted to the New York headquar- 
ters, as national sales promotion 
manager. Carl J. Ross succeeds 
him here. 


Chicago — Larry Stein, Warner 
Theaters advertising director, is the 
father of a baby girl, born at the 
South Shore Hospital. 

Detroit — Nat Haase, manager of 
Metro Premium Co., is a father. Ad- 
dition is a seven pound son, Barry. 

Nine-pound son was born in Uni- 
versity Heights Hospital, the Bronx, 
yesterday to James J. Jordan of U's 
home office sales dept., and Mrs. 

:< ik REVIEWS OF TH€ IKUJ flLIHS > :< 


with Ray Milland, Patricia Morison, 

Akim Tamiroff 

Paramount 83 Mins. 



Made in Technicolor and with beautiful 
Canadian lake and mountain county serving 
as background this is an eye-filling produc- 
tion. Another factor that is pleasing to 
the eye is decorative and capable Patricia 
Morison playing the same role that Clara 
Bow did in 1926. The picture is based on 
Sinclair Lewis' story, "Mantrap," which was 
the title of the silent version. 

Ray Milland does good work as a New 
York doctor, who goes to the North to re- 
cuperate, but who falls in love with the 
country and Patricia. Akim Tamiroff gives 
another of his excellent characterizations 
as trapper and guide, who is married to 
Patricia. George Archainbaud handled the 
direction effectively, with Paul Jones func- 
tioning as producer. Clem Bevans, J. Far- 
rell MacDonald, Fay Helm, Eily Malyon, 
Jane Darwell, William Frawley, J. M. Ker- 
rigan and Roscoe Ates are among the im- 
portant principals. Frederick Hazlitt Bren- 
nan and Frank Butler fashioned the screen- 
play. Leo Tover and W. Howard Greene 
supplied beautiful photography. 

Tamiroff falls in love and marries Patricia, 
who has been walking Seattle streets jobless 
and hungary. He takes her and her blind 
father (Clem Bevans) to his home in the 
Canadian wilds. Tamiroff's narrow-minded 
neighbors make life miserable for her, al- 
though she acts as assistant to MacDonald, 
the doctor. When Tamiroff learns that 
Patricia married him only out of gratitude 
and that she and Milland are deeply in love, 
he goes on an errand that he knows will 
end in his death. With his dogs he brings 
in badly needed medicine, but freezes to 
death in his heroic act. 

CAST: Ray Milland, Patricia Morison, 
Akim Tamiroff, William Frawley, Jane Dar- 
well, Esther Dale, J. M. Kerrigan, Eily 
Malyon, Fay Helm, Clem Bevans, Sibyl 
Harris, Roscoe Ates, J. Farrell MacDonald, 
Gertrude W. Hoffman, Charles Waldron, 
Darryl Hickman, Charlene Wyatt, Babe 
Deneideel and Donna, Jean Lester. 

CREDITS: Producer, Paul Jones; Direc- 
tor, George Archainbaud; Based on Sinclair 
Lewis' story, "Mantrap"; Screenplay, Fred- 
erick Hazlitt Brennan and Frank Butler; 
Cameraman, Leo Tover; Associate, W. How- 
ard Greene; Technicolor Director, Natalie 
Kalmus; Associate, Henri Jaffe; Art Di- 
rectors, Hans Dreier and William Flannery; 
Musical Score, Victor Young; Editor, Stuart 


It's "Fascinating Journeys" 

"Fascinating Journeys" is the new 
series title of six travelogues to be 
released by Para, in 1940-41. They 
were first announced as "Glamour 
Trails." Subjects, in Technicolor, 
were produced by World Windows, 


with Walter Brennan, Fay Bainter, Brenda 

Joyce, John Payne 
20th-Fox 92 Mins. 


This production, made in Technicolor and 
excellent in every department, is highlighted 
by a steeplechase event that is one of the 
most stirring and exciting picturizations 
in many moons. The famous Cup Hunt 
Race is very effectively reproduced, with 
the spills of the various riders adding to 
the mounting suspense of the thousands 
rounding the beautiful hillside and watch- 
ing the classic. 

Henry King has turned in an outstanding 
job of direction, nicely blending the action, 
human touches and comedy. To Gene 
Markey goes credit as associate producer. 
Fay Bainter gives a sterling performance 
as owner of the Broadlawn Estate, while 
Walter Brennan provides a moving char- 
acterization as the veteran horseman. John 
Payne is pleasing as Fay Bainter's son, with 
Brenda Joyce appealing as the love interest 
opposite him. 

Charles Ruggles does well as the close 
friend of Miss Bainter, and her husband, 
Sidney Blackmer. Marjorie Weaver is a 
decorative and capable principal. Ben 
Carter goes into his own and has a field 
day as a colored hostler, whose aim in life 
is shooting craps. Hattie McDaniel adds 
much to the merriment as his wife. Clar- 
ence Muse is excellent as the pastor, who 
makes the Carter get "religion." George 
Barnes and Ray Rennahan are responsible 
for the very beautiful photography. 

Ethel Hill and Jack Andrews fashioned 
a splendid screenplay. When her husband 
is killed while riding one of the favorite 
horses, Fay Bainter orders the animal de- 
stroyed and the horses on the Broadlawn 
Estate disposed of. For fifteen years, she 
has insisted that her son, John Payne, re- 
frain from riding, but he finally over-rules 
her and rides Cavalier, owned by Brennan. 
Fay goes to the Cup Hunt Race hoping to 
prevent John from riding, but she remains 
to see him ride on to victory. 

CAST: Walter Brennan, Fay Bainter, 
Brenda Joyce, John Payne, Charles Ruggles, 
Marjorie Weaver, Hattie McDaniel, Sidney 
Blackmer, Robert Lowery, Ben Carter, Ern- 
est Whitman, Paul Harvey, Spencer Charters, 
Ed Thorgersen, Stanley Andrews, Frank 
Thomas, Cliff Clarke, Grace Haley, William 
Davidson, Clarence Muse, Bobby Anderson, 
Dickie Jones, Patsy Barber, Erville Alder- 
son, Zack Williams. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Gene 
Markey; Director, Henry King; Authors, 
Ethel Hill and Jack Andrews; Screenplay, 
same; Cameramen, George Barnes and Ray 
Rennahan; Art Directors, Richard Day, Wi- 
ard B. Innen; Editor, Barbara McLean; Mu- 
sical Director, Alfred Newman; Technicolor 
Director, Natalie Kalmus; Associate, Morgan 

PHY, Fine. 

"Andy Hardy Meets 

with Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, 

Lewis Stone 

Metro 86 Mins. 


Latest in the popular Metro series, this 
release has strong box office potentialities. 
It is swell general entertainment and every 
type of audience will thoroughly enjoy it. 
The story is human, laughable and serious 
by turn, insofar as a young man's seeming- 
ly insurmountable problems can be serious. 

Marked credit is due Director George B. 
Seitz for his sympathetic and understanding 
handling of the characters, particularly in 
his handling of Rooney and the other young- 
sters in the cast, making their problems 
serious for them, and pleasant reflections 
for the grownups who can look back. The 
screenplay by Annalee Whitmore and Thom- 
as Seller is a well rounded job of writing, 
with just enough of everything in the pic- 
ture to make it run a natural course all 
the way. 

Rooney is fine and Miss Garland is equally 
able, with her rendition of two old, but 
lilting numbers, certain to please audiences. 
Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford, 
Diana Lewis, George Breakston and Sara 
Haden are much more than adequate in the 
supporting cast. 

A neat preachment on Americanism is 
also injected into the script in a subtle fash- 
ion that is bound to have a good effect on 
a lot of young people looking at the pic- 

Rooney has his usual problems. This time 
he gets out on a limb by telling his chums 
that he is very friendly with a New York 
debutante plastered all over magazines, 
whom he has a crush on. The family go 
to New York when Stone has to make a 
business trip, and Rooney's difficulties be- 
come more complicated until he is finally 
rescued by Miss Garland, an old friend 
who has moved to New York with her fam- 
ily. Rooney returns to his home town in 
triumph and audiences will leave the the- 
ater hoping another "Andy Hardy" picture 
will be on their local screens in the near 

Cameramen Sidney Wagner and Charles 
Lawton also rate a hand for a fine lensing 
job, with the picture's process work one 
of the best jobs seen in many a day. 

CAST: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy 
Garland, Cecilia Parker, Ann Rutherford, 
Fay Holden, Diana Lewis, George Breakston, 
Sara Haden, Addison Richards, George Les- 
sey, Gladys Blake, Cy Kendall, Clyde Will- 

CREDITS: Produced by M-G-M; Direc- 
tor, George B. Seitz; Screenplay, Annalee 
Whitmore and Thomas Seller; Based on 
characters created by Aurania Rouverol; 
Cameramen, Sidney Wagner and Charles 
Lawton; Editor, Harold F. Kress. 


Morgan To Play Gen. Custer 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Warners' $1,200,000 
"Santa Fe Trail" will have Dennis 
Morgan in the role of General George 
Custer. Most of the picture will be 
shot in and around Santa Fe, N. M. 

"Street of Memories" 

with Lynne Roberts, Guy Kibbee, 

John McGuire 

20rh-Fox 71 Mins. 



"Street of Memories" is a well-acted, 
well-directed, though rather lengthy story 
of a boy, a girl and their problems. The 
girl is Lynne Roberts, the former Mary Hart, 
Republic find of a couple of years ago. The 
Boy is John McGuire, a personable young 
man with a definite talent and lots of charm. 
Guy Kibbee, Hobart Cavanaugh, Ed Gargan 
and Jerome Cowan round out the cast. 

The son of a wealthy Chicago manufac- 
turer, (John McGuire) is slugged by a 
bandit in a railway yard and is pulled into 
a freight car by some hoboes and awakes 
a victim of amnesia, unable to remember 
his name or where he came from. He 
drifts into a small town, is jailed for 
vagrancy, finds it impossible to obtain em- 
ployment, and falls in love with the waitress 
in a cafe on "skid row." While attempting 
to force her to leave a dance hall he scuf- 
fles with police and falls striking his head 
on the pavement. 

When he comes to in the hospital he re- 
covers his memory but remembers nothing 
of his love for the girl. Through the efforts 
of Guy Kibbee, his friend of the road, he 
is brought back to "skid row," sees the 
places he used to haunt, and realizes that 
he is as much the "Joe Mason" of the road 
as Richard Havens of the social register, 
and he returns to his waitress. The photog- 
raphy is good. The entire production is 
well balanced and with judicious cutting 
should make a fine second feature on any 
double bill. 

CAST: Lynne Roberts, Guy Kibbee, John 
McGuire, Ed Gargan, Hobart Cavanaugh, 
Jerome Cowan, Charles Waldron, Sterling 
Holloway, Scotty Beckett, Adele Horner, 
Pierre Watkin. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Lucien 
Hubbard; Director, Shepard Traube; Authors, 
Robert Lees and Frederic I. Rinaldo; Screen- 
play, same; Cameraman, Charles Clarke; 
Art Directors, Richard Day and George 
Dudley; Editor, Nick DeMaggio; Musical 
Direction, Emil Newman. 


Darmour to Serialize 
"Green Archer" for Col. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Larry Darmour has 
bought the film rights to Edgar Wal- 
lace's "The Green Archer" and will 
produce it as a serial for Columbia 
release. He has signed J. C. Cut- 
ting and Morgan Coxe to write the 
screenplay. Plans are to get under 
way about Sept. 1. 

Ray L. Hall In New Post 

Ray L. Hall, former editor of 
Pathe News, and producer of shorts, 
has joined the staff of the Grand 
Central Theater, soon to be opened 
as Airlines News Theater. He has 
charge of press relations. 



FROM long experience, cameramen con- 
fidently rely on Eastman negative films to 
more than meet today's production re- 
quirements. Extra quality— reserve power 
—supports each film's special ability; 
and each is firmly established as the raw- 
film favorite, with good reason. Eastman 
Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y. 

J. E. BRULATOUR, INC., Distributors 

Fort Lee Chicago Hollywood 


for general studio use when little light is available 


for backgrounds and general exterior work, 



Tuesday, July 2, 1940 J 

Theaters Generally Add New Tax to B. O. Scale 

But Few Cities Cut Admish 
Prices; A Small Number 
Tack on an Increase 

(Continued from Page 1) 

levies were not cutting into b.o. busi- 
ness. There were a few instances re- 
ported where patrons turned away 
from the box office, but house at- 
taches, checking, reported that the 
customers just failed to have the 
added pennies with them. They would 
next time, they said. Several man- 
agers kicked in the extra pennies 

Not one complaint was registered 
at a Broadway house, with the few 
people who asked questions about the 
price changes entirely satisfied when 
it was explained to them. 

A. L. Greene, of the Rugoff & 
Becker circuit, instituted an educa- 
tional campaign in his division which 
he said has entirely familarized the 
patrons to the new tax. Theaters 
supervised by Greene gave away 
small envelopes to each patron dur- 
ing all of last week with five pennies 
in each one. On the front of the en- 
velopes was a suggestion to save 
pennies for the tax and an explana- 
tion of the new schedules was made, 
pointing out it was to help defense. 

Distributors expressed the opinion 
that exhibs. who have passed the tax 
on and not attempted to "cut" oppo- 
sition by absorbing it would get their 
fullest co-operation. It was indicated 
that clearance would be delayed, and 
availability governed to whatever 
extent possible, to protect such ex- 

Only Two Twin Cities Indies 
Cut Prices; 60 Pass Along Tax 

Minneapolis — Approximately 60 
theater owners of the Twin Cities 
yesterday added the new Federal 10 
per cent levy to current prices. De- 
cision was reached at a meeting 
held at the Nicollet Hotel in Min- 

Exceptions were two, the houses 
dropping their admissions to 20c in 
order to avoid the tax. Both were 
planning, however, to lower their 
prices before the tax measure passed 

Big problem at the meeting was 
the matinee prices at houses which 
only charged 15c in the afternoon. 
However, for the time being the 
prices will remain in that bracket. 
These same houses charge 25c at 
night; thus, with a three cent raise 
it would make the evening prices 
almost double that of the matinee. 

Tri-States Getting Penny 
Breakage in One Price Class 

Des Moines, la. — Tri-States, pass- 

Fust Thinhiny 

Memphis — Fast - thinking Howard 
Waugh of the Warner Theater here took 
advantage of the new Federal admissions 
tax yesterday to plug ATAHT. Warner 
patrons get their penny change in en- 
velopes carrying copy for the pix. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

JOHN H. AUER. Director. Born, Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 3, 1906. Educated 
^ in Budapest and Commercial Academy of Vienna. Entered pictures in 1918 
as a child actor while studying. After graduation at the age of 19 was elected 
as a member (then the youngest in the world) of the stock exchange of Buda- 
pest. After two years re-entered pictures in Berlin. Following this came to 
Hollywood and joined Universal as an assistant 
director gradually advancing to direct foreign 
versions. After two years was signed by Para- 
mount to direct and produce (age then 23). In 
1932, did not renew with Paramount as he had 
an engagement to go to Mexico where he di- 
rected five pictures, his first one winning a 
$1,000 prize from the Mexican government for 
the best picture ever made in Mexico. In 1934, 
wrote, produced and directed "The Crime of Dr. 
Crespi" for Republic, followed by "Frankie and 
Johnnie," same year 12 features with Major Bowes 
for RKO. Later became president in charge of 
productions Biograph Pictures Corporation. In 
1936, signed with Republic and is still under con- 
tract to that company. Last picture, "Women In 

ing along the new Federal admis- 
sions taxes, is benefiting from a 
penny breakage in the boost from 
26 to 30 cents. In other price clas- 
sifications, only taxes are being 
added. A flat 10 cent charge on all 
passes was instituted. 

Allied-Independent theater opera- 
tors met at the Hotel Savery yes- 
terday to discuss the tax and out- 
line an educational campaign for 
patrons. Tri-States example will be 
generally followed. 

Single Richmond Theater 
Cuts Price to Avoid Tax 

Richmond, Va. — All local theaters, 
with the exception of the Booker 
T. Lichtman house, are adding the 
Federal defense tax on prevailing 
prices. First-runs will be 33 mati- 
nee and 44 nights and holidays. Sub- 
sequent-runs will only be affected 
on the night price, which will be 28 
cents. The Booker T has changed 
from 15 cent matinee and 25 nights 
to straight 20. 

Absorption Would Take All 
Profit, Ind. Nabes Assert 

Indianapolis — Virtually without 
exception, Indiana exhibs. yesterday 
passed along the new Federal ad- 
mission levies. 

Exhibs. say that the tax of 10 
per cent on a 20c admission just 
about represents their profit in the 
average nabe house, and for that 
reason prices would not be lowered 
in order to get into a lower tax 

Few Conn. Exhibs. Absorb 
New Admission Levies 

New Haven — Only one or two iso- 
lated situations have treated the new 
theater tax in any way but to pass 
it on in exact pennies to the pub- 
lic. A few exhibitors who had been 
contemplating reduced admissions, 

retained the regular admission price 
and absorbed the tax. 

Allied Theater Owners of Connec- 
ticut will meet tomorrow at the Hof- 
brau Haus Restaurant at a special 
luncheon-meeting to consider all the 
details of collecting and remitting 
the tax. 

Connecticut MPTO issued a bulle- 
tin containing details to all its 
members in the state. 

Columbus Houses Pass Along 
Federal Levy and State Tax 

Columbus, O. — Rowland, MacDon- 
ald and Neth theaters as well as 
other class nabes yesterday ad- 
vanced all prices above the new Fed- 
eral tax minimum five cents, thus 
passing along not only the Federal 
tax but the 3 per cent state excise 
levy which has been absorbed in 
every case except first-runs. 

Western Mass. Exhibitors 
Keep Prices, Adding Taxes 

Springfield, Mass. — All theaters 
in Western Massachusetts, chains 
and indies, yesterday passed on to 
patrons the new federal tax. Only 
theater in this section not affected 
is the local Art, which has a 15 
cent top. 

No Albany Price Boosts; 
Exhibs. Add Taxes Only 

Albany — Checkup yesterday estab- 
lished that in no instance in this 
immediate territory were theater ad- 
missions raised to an even nickel to 
simplify change-making. Exhibs., 
circuit and indies alike, merely added 
the new 10 per cent tax. 

Jack Kirsch Urges Exhibs. 
To Co-op with Gov't on Tax 

Chicago — Jack Kirsch, Illinois Al- 
lied prexy, has sent out letter _ to 
members urging full co-operation 
with the Government in collecting 
the new defense tax. Public response 
so far has been very good. 



— HOLL^ 

CPENCER TRACY, Lewis Stone, t<o ri n 
** Rubin, Harry Revel, Dave Epstein, Edwar 
Ludwig, Gloria Dickson, Frank Whitbeck 
Ralph Murphy and Fred Kohlmar were among' 
the members of the film colony who watched 
the Hollywood and Oakland baseball club 
in action. _ _ 

DILL CODY, JR., who has appeared in sev 
u eral important pictures, including "The 
Girl of the Golden West," was graduate' 
from a Hollywood high school this week 
He is only 15 years old and managed tc 
combine his acting and scholastic activities 
effectively. _ _ 

^^UR Passing Show: Hugh Harmon, Lot 
^"^Ostrow, Joe Sherman, John Campbell 
Forrester Harvey, Leonard Fields, Halliwel 
Hobbes, Charles Wilson dining at Musso 

• • 

SEVERAL years ago when "talkies" wer 
** just coming in, an elocution teachet 
whose home was in Northern Washington 
invaded Hollywood. She addressed a meet 
ing of Academy of M. P. Arts and Science: , 
attended by many veteran stage performer: I 
She laid great stress on diction and illus 
trating her point took the sentence, "I won 
der why I came," carefully transferring th j 
emphasis from word to word as she rea J 
the sentence five times. Her listeners ha 
difficulty restraining their laughter. Whe i 
she sat down, Chairman William C. De 
Mille's sole comment was, "I wonder wh'j 
I came." 

LJAROLD LLOYD has a team of bowlei 
' " that is one of the best on the Coas 
He is an adept kegler himself and recentl 
rolled a perfect game — 300. 

• • 
A NOTHER picture name in the athlet 

** field is Lucien Littlefield, who is ownt 
and manager of the Lucien Littlefielders, 
independent baseball club. In addition 
owning and managing the nine, Lucien al 
plays one of the outfield positions. 

• • 
DRUCE, 14- months old son of Press Agei 
'■' and Mrs. Erie Hampton, makes his scree 
debut in "Sailor's Lady," a 20th Centun 
Fox picture. He plays the role of "Skipper 
and Erie relates that the youngster's pictu 
earnings give the baby a bigger bank accou 
than his dad. 

• • 
THE most popular picture star as far 

' the youngsters at the Van Nuys Bo\ 
Town are concerned is Soencer Tracy. F 
olayed host to 24 of them at a Hollywoo 
Oakland game. They occupied box sea 
and had the time of their lives. 

• • 

EDDIE ALBERT, currently playing in Wa 
*~ ners' "The Man From Fleet Street," h 
spent so much time on research work < 
contemplated exoeditions that he has b 
come recognized among local adventure 
as an amateur expert on the subject 
outfitting such groups. 

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Draft New Clearance, Zoning Plan In Detroit 


FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 

Detroit — New clearance and zon- 
ing plan for all Detroit theaters un- 
der preparation by Frank J. Dow- 
ney, M-G-M manager, for about a 
year, is being presented to United 
: Detroit Theaters and Co-operative 
! Theaters of Michigan and other ex- 
; hibitors affected. 

Reaction appears generally favor- 
:! ' : able but the plan is still termed in 
T its theoretical stage and details will 

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Charge Bootlegging 
Of Chaplin Films 

Newark — Drive to halt distribution 
of bootleg Chaplin films was launch- 
ed this week with seizure of movies 
at three camera concerns in North 
Jersey by U. S. Marshal's office un- 
der a writ obtained by Atwood C. 
Wolf, Jersey City attorney, and 
signed by Federal Judge Walker. 

Seizures, it is said, were at Gru- 
ber's Camera Exchange, Newark, 
Peerless Camera and Film Exchange, 

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To Set Date for Hearing 
On Crescent Suit Motion 

Nashville — Date for the hearing 
in Federal Court here on the inde- 
pendent motion of Crescent Amuse- 
ment Co. to strike out some 13 items 
in the Government's complaint in 
connection with the latter's anti- 
trust action against Crescent and 
major film companies who are de- 
fendants in the suit is expected to be 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Weighty Subject 

Pennies are a weighty subject to ex- 
hibs. these days, thanks to the new 10 
per cent Federal admission taxes. 

Estimating that the average New York 
house will bank some $200 in pennies 
after week-end biz, operators say that 
it will require three or four boys instead 
of the usual one to carry the change on 
the bank trip. 


Films Council Will Receive Full Outline From President of 
the Board of Trade 

London (By Cable) — Clarification 
of the British quota situation, long 
a source of speculation and not a 
little anxiety to both American dis- 
tributors and the British film indus- 
try, is due Monday. 

Announcement was made yester- 
day that Sir Andrew Duncan, presi- 
dent of the Board of Trade, will re- 

veal the full quota plans to the Brit- 
ish Films Council, headed by Sir 
Frederick Whyte, on Monday. 

British quota action has hung fire 
since late April when American dis- 
tribs. were reported to have accept- 
ed monetary quota proposals, the 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Report Nazis Would 
Ban 20th-Fox Pix 

London (By Cable) — Action has 
been taken by the Nazi Government 
to ban all 20th-Fox pictures from 
Germany, German possessions and 
all German occupied territory, it was 
reported here yesterday by conti- 
nental sources. Anti-Nazi pictures 
being produced by the company in 
Hollywood wei'e said to be the cause 
for the move. 

Hughes, 20th-Fox Deal 
For Two Said Nearly Set 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Deal for Howard 
Hughes to make two pictures for 
20th-Fox release was said yesterday 
to be nearly set. Hughes has not 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Indianapolis Exhib. 
Starts Trust Suit 

Indianapolis — A suit charging an 
attempt to put the Apollo theater 
out of business through violation of 
the anti-trust act, has been filed here 
against the operators of three other 
Indianapolis theaters and nine pro- 
ducing and distributing companies. 

The action was brought by the 
Apollo Amusement Co. of which 

(Continued on Page 10) 

"New Moon" Experiment 
Called "Great Success" 

Metro-Loew's experiment with 
"New Moon" as a single bill in dual 
towns was described as "a great 
success" yesterday by both William: 
F. Rodgers, Metro's sales chief, and 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Theaters Aid Defense Plans 

War Dept. Articles Going Into Programs 

Distributor "Pressure" 
To Bring Price Boost? 

Columbus. O. — Distributor "pres- 
sure" upon six theaters which failed 
to go along with others Monday in 
increasing prices 5 cents was re- 
ported here yesterday. Nickel ad- 
vance takes care not only of the Fed- 
eral admission tax but the 3 per 
cent state excise levy as well. 

In line with the film industry's 
plan to mobilize all phases of the 
trade to aid the Government's de- 
fense plans, hundreds of theaters 
will shortly start publishing in their 
programs and other weekly an- 
nouncements a series of short 
articles on War Department services. 

First of the articles will appear 
next week in Loew's Weekly (900,- 
000 circulation), RKO Newsettes 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Six Months' Total is 269, 
Gain ot 16; Marked Drop 
In Releases of Shorts 

Features released during 1940's 
first six months total 269 — an in- 
crease of 16 over the 253 released 
during the comparable 1939 period, 
it is shown in a Film Daily survey 
of American-made and other Eng- 
lish language pictures released by 
the majors, national franchise indies 
and miscellaneous distribs. Foreign 
language pictures and re-issues were 
not considered in the survey. 

A marked decrease in the number 
of shorts subjects released by the 
majors this year, compared with the 
first half of 1939, is disclosed by the 
checkup. In 1940, 260 subjects were 
scheduled by the seven majors 
handling shorts, a drop of 52 com- 
pared with the 312 released by the 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Reading Price Rise 
Slirs No Opposition 

Philadelphia — First instance of 
prices being raised above the new 
U. S. admission tax in this terri- 
tory is reported from Reading where 
three independent houses getting 20 
cents raised to 22 which makes the 
total admission 25 cents when the 
three cent tax is added. 

Three houses, one an independent, 
one operated by Warners and one 

(Continued on Page 10) 

Rep. Buys Out Franchise 
Holders in St. Louis 

St. Louis — One of the important 
indie film exchange deals in recent 
years was closed in New York City 
last week, by terms of which Nat 
Steinberg and Barney Rosenthal, lo- 
cal Republic franchise holders, sold 
their exchange holdings, equipment, 
(Continued on Page 2) 

IV© Paper Tomorrow 

In observance of Independence Day, 
No. 1 American holiday, THE FILM 
DAILY will not be published tomorrow. 

Wednesday, July 3, 1940 

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Paramount SVs 5 5 

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Paramount 2nd pfd 

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RKO $6 pfd 36 36 36 

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Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 2% 2% 2l/ 4 

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Universal Picts 

Cameraman Wm. Murray Safe 

Lisbon (By Cable) — William Mur- 
ray, ace Movietone cameraman, is 
safe in Zurich, having worked his 
way through Nazi-occupied territory 
from Amsterdam to Switzerland. He 
was unreported for two months. 

Shields, Democratic Delegate 

Detroit— Edmund C. Shields, But- 
terfield circuit executive, has been 
selected a delegate-at-large to the 
Democratic national convention from 

Charge Bootlegging 
Of Chaplin Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Passaic, and Cine Film Products, 

In request for the writ, Wolf 
charged old Chaplin films such as 
"Gold Rush," "The Kid" and "The 
Circus" were obtained legally by 
these firms. Then, he charged that 
copies would be made and the orig- 
inals returned. Wolf asserted cop- 
ies would be reduced to 16 mm. so 
they could be used in home projec- 
tion, and business was made of rent- 
ing them out although no copyright 
permission had been granted. Chap- 
lin holds the copyrights, it is said. 

Considerable industry interest is 
attached to Chaplin films because of 
their repeat booking value. This in- 
cludes films which Chaplin made for 
Mutual Film Co. 

Give Nick, Weston Until 
July 10 to File Motions 

St. Louis — Federal Judge Collet 
has given counsel for John P. Nick, 
former IATSE vice-prexy, and Clyde 
A. Weston, ex-business manager of 
Local 143, Operators, until July 10 
to file motions in connection with 
the Federal indictment against them 
which charges violation of the anti- 
racketeering and anti-trust laws. 

The motions will come up for ar- 
gument July 17. If overruled, the 
trial of the case will proceed before 
Judge Collet on Aug. 5. 

Judge Collet on Monday rejected 
a plea of defense counsel that the 
settings be deferred to permit a fur- 
ther study of the 1934 anti-racket- 
eering law. 

Republic Buys Out 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and other assets to the national or- 
ganization, it was learned yesterday. 

Republic, as a result of the trans- 
action, now has exchanges directly 
operated by it in 16 important keys, 
and virtually an equal number re- 
maining under the franchise set-up. 
Latter comprises Charlotte, Atlanta, 
Memphis, New Orleans, Indianap- 
olis, Chicago, Tampa, Milwaukee, 
Kansas City, Dallas, Salt Lake City, 
Oklahoma City, Denver, Minneap- 
olis, Butte, Seattle, Portland, Wash- 
ington, Cincinnati, Cleveland and 

Steinberg continues on the job as 
the manager for Republic Pictures, 
while Rosenthal has temporarily re- 
tired to take a two or three months' 
vacation, at the end of which time 
he will, it is reported, announce fu- 
ture plans. 

According to Steinberg there will 
be no staff changes in the St. Louis 

Name Three Co-Receivers 
For Carman at Philly 

"Ramparts We Watch" 
Opens July 12 in Wash. 

"The Ramparts We Watch," March 
of Time's first feature picture, will 
have its world premiere in Washing- 
ton on Julv 12, it was announced last 
night by Louis de Rochemont, pro- 
ducer of the M of T series. 

S. Barret McCormick. RKO ad- 
publicity chieftain, and Al Sindling- 
er, M of T's publicity head, are in 
Washington conferring with J. M. 
Brennan, RKO Theaters' district 
manager, and Hardy Meekin, man- 
ager of Keith's Theater, regarding 
the picture's debut. 

Alexander Toluboff Dead 

Blnomfield Hills, Mich. — Alexan- 
der Toluboff, art director, is dead 
here. Born in Russia in 1882. he 
was with M-G-M from 1925 to 1934, 
as art director on all Greta Garbo 
productions. Recently he had been 
with Walter Wanger. his last pic- 
ture being "Trade Winds." 

Lynn in Milwaukee P.A/s 

Wen* Coast Bureau oi THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Jeffrey Lvnn flies to 
Milwaukee today to make three n.a.'s 
tomorrow at the premiere of War- 
ners' "Mv Love Came Back" at the 
Warner theater. 

Philadelphia — Jay Emanuel, 
George McHugh and Norman Fer- 
non have been appointed co-receiv- 
ers for George T. Graves, operating 1 
as the Carman Theater Co. by Fed- 
eral Judge George Welsh. McHugh 
is a lawyer and Fernon. a banker. 
Receivership is a friendly one and 
resulted from failure to meet cer- 
tain bond obligations of the theater. 

George T. Graves and Frank Ack- 
ley remain prominent in the man- 
agement of the theater, a first-run 
de luxe vaudeville-movie theater 
playing 28 days after first-run down 
town Philadelphia. 

Bulk of product comes from Fox 
and Columbia, with independents 
and others filling in. 

Hear Arguments in Sept. 
In F & M vs. Lawyers Suit 

St. Louis — After 51 "court" days 
the suit of Fanchon & Marco, to re- 
cover from John S. Leahy. Lambert 
E. Walther and Harold F. Hecker. 
attorneys, $42,200 paid them in legal 
fees and to cancel notes totaling 
$32,800 for the balance of their fee 
for legal services allegedly rendered 
to the plaintiffs was concluded in 
the Circuit Court here. Arguments 
will not be heard until September. 
Harry C. Arthur, Jr., vice-president 
and general manager of F & M was 
on the stand for 16 days. Other 
witnesses occupied the witness box 
for periods of 4, 5 or 6 days. 

Col. Long Visits Cleveland 

Cleveland — Col. Harry E. Long, 
former local Loew division manager, 
and Mrs. Long are here for a few 
days staying at the Statler Hotel. 
They have been in Baltimore for the 
past month. 

COIDlnG and GOinG 

ER are in Washington arranging for premiere 
on "The Ramparts We Watch," MOT feature 
release on July 12. 

H. T. SILVERBERC, film attorney, is here 
from the Coast. He is stopping at the Warwick. 

ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHNS, writer, returnedU 
to Hollywood yesterday after a short stay ir j 
New York on business. /■""" 1 

LOUIS VERNEUIL, French playwright, a? JD f 
here today on the Clipper. 

IRVING BERLIN has returned to New York 
after an upstate vacation. 

TYRONE POWER will come East from Holly- 
wood to attend the premiere of "Maryland" 
20th-Fox will hold in Baltimore July 10. 

PATSY KELLY flies to the Coast tomorrow to 
start work in Hal Roach's "Roadshow." 

JIMMY HEUSEN has arrived on the Coast 
from New York. 

WILLIAM STUCKY arrives in Hollywood Fri- 
day to start work on the Metro junior writing 

JOHN FARMER, of RKO prexy Ceorge J. 
Schaefer's office, is vacationing in Michigan. 

HENRY NEEDLES, district manager in Connec- 
ticut for Warner theaters, was in New York 
yesterday conferring with Frank Phelps, com- 
pany's labor adviser for the theater department. 

JACK O'CONNELL, of the Roger Sherman, 
New Haven, motors to Lake George July 8 
for a two weeks' vacation. 

NICK DEL ROSSO, operator of the Cameo, 
Watertown, Conn., will spend a month at Laurel I 

EDGAR BERGEN has gone to Nashville fromj 
the Coast to take possession of a new airplane. 

CARL BRISSON and wife are en route to 
this country from Europe. 

BOB BURNS and his wife sail for Honolulu 
on July 12. 

Value of French Franc 
Shrinks Under the Nazis 

London (By Cable) — Move by the 
Nazis in occupied France in using 
mark scrip on the basis of one mark 
being worth five francs reduces the 
value of the franc to one-tenth of 
a cent from its current basis of two 
cents against American exchange 

If this practice is enforced it is 
difficult to estimate the effect on 
franc credits, but it may make busi- 
ness on a franc basis impossible. 





Leon Errol 

Luther Reid 

Wynne Gibson 

Florence Miles 


Louis B. Mayer 
Ceorge M. Cohan 
Gertrude Lawrence 
Gloria Stuart 
Vince Barnett 
Barbara Weeks 
Irving Caesar 
Helen Gilbert 

Ceorge Murphy 

Henry Armetta 

Mary Patricia Alicoate 

Harvey Thew 

Ed Savin 

Joe C. Hornstein 

Joseph Ruttenberg 

Mrs. Thomas Meighan 


[Her first picture s/'nce GWTW) 




icreeo Play by Ivan Col Robert Buckner and Earl Baldwin 

From a Story by Walter Reiscb 

A Warner Bros. -First National Picture 

Every inch the hit that 

'Four Daughters' was 

c -in a dVUeteivl way! 

* W ARNER$ have it no^ 


Wednesday, July 3, 1940 


Theaters Will Aid 
Gov't Defense Plans 

(Continued from Page 1) 

(750,000 circulation) and the pro- 
grams of Warner, Paramount, Fox, 
Brandt and other affiliated and indie 

Doob Heads Committee 
This new patriotic activity is in 
charge of the newly organized The- 
ater Advertising Committee on De- 
fense, composed of ad heads of lead- 
ing circuits and headed by Oscar A. 
Doob of Loew's as chairman. Com- 
mittee was organized at a meeting 
held in the RKO offices of George 
J. Schaefer, attended by Harry 
Mandel, of RKO; Aubrey Schenck, 
of Fox, Harry Goldberg, of War- 
ners, and Harry Brandt. Committee 
membership will be expanded to 
25 or 30. 

Text of first article follows: ex- 
hibs. who reprint it from The Film 
Daily are requested to send a copy 
to Doob at 1540 Broadway, who will 
supply other articles in the series, 
"The Army of the United States," 
for weekly release: 

"Defending Our Country! 
"The Government of the United 
States offers young men opportuni- 
ties for education, for learning- 
trades or crafts, and for travel 
while earning a salary and main- 
tenance, in the Army. Men who 
serve but a single enlistment of 
three years are now offered the same 
educational advantages as are given 
the picked men permitted to select 
the Army as a life career. 

"Complete maintenance, including 
living quarters, medical and dental 
attention, clothing and recreational 
facilities, is supplied by the Govern- 
ment. Salaries are paid in addition. 
"The need for highly skilled tech- 
nical knowledge requires a compre- 
hensive education, paid for by the 
Government, in various trades, 
crafts and mechanics. 

"Take, for example, the Coast Ar- 
tillery Corps, an important adjunct 
of our National Defense. The young 
man enlisting in this branch of Ser- 
vice has his choice of studying mo- 
tor mechanics, radio operation and 
maintenance, telephone operation and 
maintenance, power plant operation, 
truck and tractor driving, searchlight 
operation, stenography, typewriting 
or general clerical work. 

"The study of any of these equips 
the man who has served his three- 
year enlistment to return to civilian 
life with a definite craft or trade. 
He has derived the full benefit of 
this education entirely at the ex- 
pense of the United States Govern- 

Tenn. Exhib. Adapts 
"Pot ©' Gold" Plan 

Kingsport, Tenn.— The State Theater 
is using the "Pot o' Cold" idea to en- 
courage reading its ads in the local 
paper. Each day, the State calls eight 
persons by telephone from numbers 
picked at random in the directory. Each 
person that can name the feature pic- 
ture at the State for the day gets two 
passes. Those who can't name it, are 
told to read the ads. 

with PHILM. OALYi 

• • • APROPOS of a recent photo of Robert T. Kane in a 

mid-June issue of your favorite trade paper Frank P. Bloomfield. 

Sr., of Williams Screen Co. out Akron way allows as how not many 

exhibs. know that Mister Kane. Ed Anderson and Frank Hifield 

were the first to manufacture and introduce the aluminum screen 

That was about a decade-and-a-half ago They were located 

in St. Louis and called themselves The American Radium Gold Fibre 

Screen Co Later on, they moved their office to N. Y. and called 

themselves the "A.T.S. Co." Now Mister Bloomfield has charge 

of their Pittsburgh office prior to which he was with the Mirror 

Screen Co Actually he started in the film biz with the William H. 

Swanson Co. of Chi in 1907 and has been a filmland member 

ever since 

T T ▼ 

• # # LYNN FARNOL announced yes'day that E. V. 

Dinnerman of Keith's out in Cincy has been awarded the 

first prize of two-and-a-half C's for the best exploitation 

campaign conducted by a theater manager in behalf of an en- 
gagement of Hal Roach's "Zenobia" S. B. Hale, Jr., of the 

Lyric, Spearman, Texas, grabbed second prize and Charles 

Smakwitz of the Lincoln, Troy, N. Y., the third place award 

Winners were selected by an impressive jury of trade press 

moguls,— Jack Alicoate, "Red" Kann, Sam Shain, Jay 

Emanuel, Chick Lewis, John C. Flinn and A. Mike Vogel 

whose assistant jurors were Hal Roach, Murray Silverstone, Lynn 
Farnol, L. J. "Jack" Schlaifer, and Monroe Greenthal 

T T T 

• • • IT'S Albany. N. Y. speaking: The ole cry used to be 

that Summer stock and legit presentations were films' No. 1 com- 
petitors but all the nabe dress-up houses our State Capital 

sleuths aver are featuring actors and actresses from Hollywood 

Leading the list is Charles Coburn. director of the famous Mohawk 

Festivals in Schenectady Mister Coburn had lined up Sir Cedric 

Hardwicke but the latter up and left for England However. 

Sally Eilers, Jean Muir, Dennis King and Beulah Bondi are playing 

separate week's engagements Further, the Spa in racy Saratoga 

will have on tap. Joe E. Brown. Alison Skipworth, Ina Claire and 

Eric Rhodes with Hope Lawder directing Up in Stockbridge. 

Mass.. the Berkshire Playhouse will have Madge Evans as guest star 

during the coming week and several other pix players later in ye 


T ▼ ▼ 

• • • EASTWARD from Hollywood comes the unan- 
imous word that the Warners have a surprise package in "My 

Love Came Back" which is the first U. S. directorial effort 

of Kurt Bernhardt It's rated as 22k entertainment and 

that's what the b.o. needs these days ENTERTAINMENT. . . . 

▼ T T 

• • • ALL the publicity fireworks set off by RKO Radio 

in these pre-Fourth-of-July days anent Elsie, the Borden glamour 

cow of the World's Fair slated to appear in the Gene Towne-pro- 

duced "Little Men" may on first thought appear sorta facetious. . . . 

Well so was Barnum! We hold that it's shrewd showmanship 

Consider that 8.000.000 or so folks saw Elsie at the Fair last year 

More millions'll ditto this year and. besides, Elsie has been ad- 
vertised tremendously o'er the nation via leading periodicals and mags 

RKO Radio is just plain smart and the screen test given 

Elsie yes'day will get a helluva lot of potential patron interest 

Draft New Zoning, 
Clearance Plan 

{Continued from Page 1) 

have to be worked out. Plan may not ! 
be adopted in time for the new sea- 
son contracts, it was learned. 

Basic idea is to take care of ex- 
panding number of key runs cau 
by recent theater construction ? jfj 
new houses under construction or 
planned. Under proposed plan, sec- 
ond-runs on the East side of the 
city would take on a picture and play 
day and date while second-runs 
on West side would take another 
equally strong attraction and playj 
day and date. Following week East j 
and West side theaters would ex-j 
change these pictures. 

Key runs would follow the second- 1 
runs seven days after the same pic- 1 
ture played on their side of town, 
getting all present protection. Samej 
plan would be followed by subse-| 

Plan virtually divides city into two j 
booking areas, playing alternate | 
weeks day and date. 

If adopted, this plan might be 
used by Metro in selling pictures in ] 
Detroit. Co-operation of other ex- 
changes will be welcomed but Dow- 
new believes that it will not be nec- 
essary to have any agreement or 
this point, but that one exchange 
can sell on this basis alone. 

"New Moon" Experiment 
Called "Great Success" 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Joseph R. Vogel, Loew's theatei 

Tried in Akron, Columbus, Indian 
apolis, Kansas City, Louisville 
Providence, Rochester and Syracuse 
where double features are custom 
arily played, "New Moon" is cred 
ited with doing opening and week 
end biz 35 per cent above normal 
Holdovers in some spots are being 
considered, it was said. _ j 

Rodgers termed the results a sig 
nificant indication of a general feel 
ing of responsibility by exhibs. tc 
give special booking consideratioi 
and intensive selling to top-budge 

"It's the exhibs.' job to help elim 
inate the waste in our business re 
suiting from under-playing and un 
der-selling important box-office pici 
tures," Rodgers commented. 

The Metro sales head pointed ou 
that the company was preparing i 
number of important pix for summe 
release, including "Andy Hard; 
Meets Debutante," "Price and Prej 
udice," "I Love You Again" am 
"Boom Town." All will be backei 
by extensive ad campaigns, Rodger 


Watertown, Wis. — Ward W. E 
liott, projectionist at the Classic thf 
ater here, has been married to Beac 
rice N. Cobler. 

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Every man, woman and child in the nation will be grateful 
for this wonderful entertainment. It is not exaggerating to say 
that localities would be justified in declaring a holiday when 
this picture plays, for it is a show nobody will want to miss. 
The Hardy Family comes to the Gay White Way in a rousing, 
uproarious story that reunites Judy Garland (and her capti- 
vating songs) with Mickey Rooney. From this minute on keep 
saying "Cheer up America! Andy Hardy Meets Debutante 





Screen Play by Annalee Whitmore and Thomas Seller 
An M-G-M Picture • Directed by George B. Seitz 


Wednesday, July 3, 1940 


.V .V REVIEWS Of THE DEW FlLfllS :< ik 

"Sailor's Lady" 

ith Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Wally Vernon 
Dth-Fox 66 Mins. 


_-neral audiences should get plenty of 
jfcns from this picture. The story has 
navy background, an able and amusing 
ast, and director Allan Dwan keeps the 
ction rolling right along from start to 
Irtish. Picture has a number of points 
'hich exhibs. can effectively merchandise, 
nd in Nancy Kelly and Jon Hall the ex- 
ib. has some name marquee strength. Joan 
•avis and Wally Vernon provide a number 
f laughs, and Larry Crabbe, Katherine 
.Idridge. Dana Andrews, Harry Shannon 
nd a very cute baby named Bruce Hampton 
ffectively support the principals. 

Hall and his pals, Andrews and Vernon, 
re anxious to get ashore when the fleet 
lets in. However, Hall's pals don't want 
im to marry Nancy Kelly and frames him 
o he has to stay on board ship. Hall sneaks 
shore and they get a wedding license, but 
when Hall arrives at the house where they 
ire going to live he discovers Miss Kelly 
os adopted the baby of mutual friends 
.illed in an accident. 

A spinster neighbor, Mary Nash, is ap- 
lointed special guardian for the child and 
rouble immediately ensues. At a party 
given for her, Andrews and Vernon gum up 
-he works and it winds up in a fight. Hall 
gets in a knockdown drag out brawl with 
Zrabbe and things look black for the baby, 
sudden orders are given for the fleet to 
tail and Miss Kelly plants the baby in an 
officer's room leaving a note that the first 
division is responsible. From there on there 
s plenty of hilarity and gags until every- 
thing is finally solved happily. 

CAST: Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Joan Davis, 
Dana Andrews, Mary Nash, Larry Crabbe, 
Katherine Aldridge, Harry Shannon, Wally 
Vernon, Bruce Hampton, C. D. Brown, 
Selmar Jackson, Edgar Deering, E. McDon- 
ald, W. B. Davidson, Kane Richmond. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Sol M. 
Wurtzel; Director, Allan Dwan; Screen- 
play, Frederick Hazlitt Brennan; Original 
Story, Frank Wead; Cameraman, Ernest 
Palmer; Editor, Fred Allen. 


Lubitsch Acquires Story 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ernst Lubitsch has ac- 
quired from Para., rights to "Kiss 
Me Again." He will produce it in 
association with Sol Lesser. 

Writing Belle Starr Script 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Lamar Trotti has been 
assigned to write the screenplay 
based upon the life of Belle Starr 
which 20th-Fox will produce. 


"Danger Ahead" 

with James Newill, Dorothea Kent, 

Guy Usher 

Monogram 60 Mins. 


Built on the formula of the musical west- 
ern, "Danger Ahead" has Mounties instead 
of our prairie posses, and songs in the Tin 
Pan Alley manner in place of the more 
modulated and plaintive warblings of the 
erstwhile sagebrush eras. The contrast 
doesn't stop there, for an effort is made to 
inject copious comedy in this picture via 
scenes which turn out to be virtually out- 
right slapstick, and it cannot be said that 
the results are happy. In fact the atmos- 
phere prevailing throughout is one hardly 
compatible with the traditions and capabili- 
ties of our good-neighbor-to-the-north's 
famous Mounted Police. 

The story lacks both substance and logic, 
and, with these elements deficient, there 
is little to hold the interest of any audience 
other than perhaps some uninitiated seg- 
ments of the juvenile trade and a minority 
of adults who are lacking in entertainment 
taste. At a number of stages, the pro- 
ceedings take on a farcical aspect which 
affects patron interest adversely. There's 
a gang of hijackers who control the ship- 
ment of gold from a Canadian rural bank, 
and the scenarist's fancy has the gang owning 
and operating the armored trucks in which 
the specie is carried. 

Of course, the Mounties bring the mob 
to justice. Interim scenes, which are never 
remotely romantic, exciting, nor realistic, 
will leave the vast majority of fans in a 
state of incredulity and disappointment, 
not to mention wonderment that such films 
are made at all in this modern day and age 
of the movies. Cast is handicapped by the 
story but carry on creditably withal, as does 
the technical staff. 

CAST: James Newill, Dorothea Kent, Guy 
Usher, Maude Allen, Harry Depp, John Dil- 
son, Al Shaw, Dave O'Brien, Dick Rich, Bob 
Terry, Lester Dorr, Earl Douglas. 

CREDITS: Director, Ralph Staub; Photog- 
raphy, Mack Stengler; Editor, Martin Cohn; 
Screenplay, Edward Halperin; Based on Novel 
"Renfrew's Long Trail" by Laurie York 


New Series for Warners 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Warner Bros, discon- 
tinuing the Lemp family series with 
"Four Mothers," is starting a new 
series with "My Love Came Back," 
which is to have as second in the 
series "Temporary Sweethearts," 
with Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey 
Lynn, Jane Wyman and Eddie Al- 

The Chas. MacArthurs on Coast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Charles MacArthur 
and his wife, Helen Hayes, have ar- 
rived here. Miss Hayes will appear 
in a Red Cross benefit, and Mac 

Mr. and Mrs. Abe Petreanu are 
the proud parents of a baby girl 
born yesterday at Israel Zion Hos- 
pital, Brooklyn. Abe is with Barnes Arthur will confer with Nunnally 
Ptg. Co., printers of The Film Johnson on their stage play which 
Daily. Gilbert Miller will produce. 

"Queen of the Mob" 

with Ralph Bellamy, Blanche Yurka, J. Carrol 

Naish, Jean Cagney 
Paramount 61 Mins. 


J. Edgar Hoover's book, "Persons in 
Hiding," makes exciting screen entertain- 
ment. Converted to film form by Horace 
McCoy and William R. Lipman, it recounts 
the trail of crime engineered by an elderly 
woman whose several sons are her accom- 
plices in larceny and murder. Blanche 
Yurka plays the role of the mob's queen, and 
it is a characterization both skillful and 

The film opens with the motherly gang 
strategist acting as a decoy to expedite 
her boys and the latter's companion rob a 
bank. This depredation is followed by 
their staging a major kidnapping which nets 
several hundred thousand dollars. But it 
is not long until the F.B.I, gets on the trail 
of the transgressors, and, from that point 
to the climax scenes, the footage delineates 
the chase getting hotter and hotter while 
the hard-pressed mob is unable to get rid 
of the even hotter ransom money. 

At the wind-up, Ma Webster, — who's 
Miss Yurka, — finds herself with only one 
of her boys alive and out of the law's 
clutches, but even he falls before the sub- 
Thompsons of the G-Men, who arrest her. 
Action is plentiful throughout, and the saga 
shows that the Government presses unre- 
lentingly its pursuit of its enemies, — and in- 
variably conquers. Acting is good through- 
out. James Hogan's direction is skillful, 
and so is Theodor Sparkuhl's photography. 
Audiences will like this gangland sizzler. 

CAST: Ralph Bellamy, Blanche Yurka, J. 
Carrol Naish, Jean Cagney, William Henry, 
Richard Denning, Paul Kelly, Hedda Hopper, 
James Seay, Jack Carson, Billy Gilbert, John 
Miljan, Paul Stanton, Tommy Conley, Charles 
Moore, Raymond Hatton, Mary Treen, Frank 
M. Thomas, Ed Gargan, Howard Mitchell, 
John Laird, Neil Hamilton, Robert Ryan, 
Leona Roberts, Mary Gordon, Harry C. Brad- 
ley, Lloyd Corrigan, Betty McLaughlin, 
Laura Treadwell, Roy Gordon, Charles Lane, 
Charles Wynters, Herbert Naish, James 
Flavin, Sonny Bupp. 

CREDITS: Director, James Hogan; Au- 
thor, J. Edgar Hoover; Screenplay, Horace 
McCoy, William R. Lipman; Editor, Arthur 
Schmidt; Sound, Harry Lindgren; Director 
of Photography, Theodor Sparkuhl; Art Di- 
rectors, Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte. 


Releasing 4 Ben Turpins 

Motion Picture Jubilee Productions 
will release four Ben Turpin pictures 
next week in honor of the cross-eyed 
comedian who died last Monday. Pix 
are "The Eyes Have It," "Idle Eyes," 
"Two Lonely Knights" and "The 
Cock-Eyed Hero." 

Eastman Kodak May Aid 

Rochester, N. Y. — Eastman Kodak 
Co. is considering a plan to bring 
the children of its British subsidiary 
employes to this country. Plan 
would assign them to homes of its 
U. S. and Canadian employes. 

"Yukon Flight" 

with James Newill, Louise Stanley, 

Dave O'Brien 

Monogram 57 Mins. 


Hijacking of gold by an organized gang, 
and the band's annihilation at the hands of 
the Mounties, sum up this yarn of the 
Yukon Territory, with the character, Ren- 
frew, played by James Newill, the central 
figure of the rampant heroics. Essentially 
this is an outdoor romantic musical, for 
there's comely Louise Stanley to furnish 
the femme interest, and the sequences are 
studded with some good songs by a battery 
of composers, including the Betty Laidlaw- 
Robert Lively opus, "Mounted Men." 

A considerable portion of the action has 
to do with the shipment of gold by airplane, 
and there are several scenes carrying sky 
thrills which adventure- loving fans will view 
with satisfaction. James Newill does a 
good job in the Renfrew role, and sings 

The gang has a neat little trick of lash- 
ing rebellious aviators in its employ to the 
controls of planes in order that they can be 
put out of the way and leave the road clear 
for the gold racket's prosecution. Ralph 
Staub's direction is okay, and Mack Steng- 
ler's photography ditto. Cast does well 
generally with a run-of-the-mine story. It's 
fair entertainment as this genus of photo- 
plays goes. 

CAST: James Newill, Louise Stanley, 
Dave O'Brien, Warren Hull, William Pawley, 
Karl Hackett, Jack Clifford, Roy Barcroft, 
Bob Terry, Earl Douglas. 

CREDITS: Director, Ralph Staub; Based 
on Novel "Renfrew Rides North" by Laurie 
York Erskine; Screenplay, Edward Halperin. 



"What's Your I. Q.? No. 2" 

(Pete Smith Specialty) 

M-G-M 9 mins. 

Interesting Quiz 

Second of Pete Smith's specialty 
series to take advantage of the cur- 
rent quiz popularity, this subject will 
entertain the audience while testing 
their I. Q's. Eight questions are 
asked, against a background of gals 
and gags, and the watchers score 
themselves. Directed by George Sid- 

"Women in Hiding" 

(Crime Does Not Pay) 

M-G-M 22 mins. 

Maternity Clinic Expose 

A well made addition to the popu- 
lar crime series, this subject tells 
the story of three girls who become 
mixed up with a phoney maternity 
clinic in an effort to bear their chil- 
dren secretly. Picture reveals how 
the police finally caught up with the 
crooked doctors and warns against 
similar "clinics" in other communi- 
ties. Directed by Joe Newman. 









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Wednesday, July 3, 194Q 

Reading Price Rise 
Stirs No Opposition 

{Continued from Page 1) 

controlled by Wilmer & Vincent, get- 
ting 25 cents raised to 27 which, 
with the tax makes the admission 
30 cents. One Wilmer & Vincent 
house getting 25 cents just added 
the tax. 

First-run houses in town merely 
added the four cent tax, making the 
admission 44 cents. 

Raise in admissions is credited 
to Al Davis, local Twentieth Cen- 
tury-Fox executive, who sat in on 
the conferences of the subsequent- 
runs concerned. 

In Lancaster, one independent 
house getting 20 cents raised to 22 
cents making the admission 25 af- 
ter the three cent tax is added. 

Reports received here declare 
there was no opposition to either the 
Federal tax or the slight raise in 

Single Nashville Theater 
Drops Price to Escape Tax 

Nashville, Tenn. — Single theater 
here, the Princess, dropped its ad- 
mission to avoid the new Federal 
admission levy. Drop was from 25 
to 20 cents. Management says the 
policy is experimental, with final 
decision to be reached later. 

Some Absorption and B.O. 
Boosts in St. Louis Area 

St. Louis — Checkup yesterday 
showed general public acceptance of 
the new Federal admission taxes in 
the St. Louis territory. Exhibitors 
by a large majority passed along the 
tax; in some of the smaller cities 
and rural sections, however, there 
were instances of both tax absorp- 
tion and price increases. 

Penny Breakage for House 
in One Price Class in la. 

Des Moines, la. — Exhibs. in this 
sector are getting a penny break- 
age in one price classification as a 
result of the new Federal admission 
taxes. Where scale has been 26 
cents, new rate, including tax, is 30 
cents. Otherwise, only the amount 
of the tax has been added to prevail- 
ing tariffs. 

Blame Product, Not Tax, 
for Any Dip in Business 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Patronage at 
motion picture theaters in Harris- 
burg and environs showed little if 
any change as the new national 
defense program went into effect. 
Any drop was attributed to product, 
and not to the new Federal tax. 

Both Tax Absorption and 
Price Hikes in Milwaukee 

Milwaukee — The new Federal de- 
fense tax has had a varying effect 
upon theater admissions. Some sub- 
sequent-run houses and theaters in 
the state have dipped their admis- 
sions so that with the tax added on, 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

A RMAND SCHAEFER. Born Tavistock, Onh, Canada, 1898. Started in pic- 
** tures with Mack Sennett Studio in 1924 as assistant prop man with Roy 
Del Ruth directing. Then to Christie as prop 
man, electrician, grip, set dresser, etc. Then to 
Mary Pickford in "Little Annie Rooney" and 
"Sparrows" as prop man. Then to Action Pictures 
for Pathe as assistant director of over 50 westerns 
starring Buffalo Bill, Jr., Wally Wales and Buddy 
Roosevelt. Assistant director on several serials, 
melodramas and western stars. Directed Lane 
Chandler in the "Reckless Rider" for Willis Kent 
Productions. Has directed several independent 
features for Majestic, Mayfair, Monogram, Mas- 
cot, and Universal. Has 64 credits since work- 
ing for Sennett, 13 of them serials. Since join- 
ing Republic has produced the first 16 Autrys 
and 22 features. 

Bare British Quota 
Plans on Monday 

(Continued from Page 1) 

arrangement effective as of April 1 
and to run concurrently with the 
existing Films Act. Statutory quota 
stands at 22% per cent. 

Under the monetary quota, it was 
then reported each American com- 
pany would have to acquire one full 
length British feature for every 
100,000 feet of feature films im- 
ported, with labor costs equalling 
three pounds per foot on the British 

If that setup is unchanged, the 
22% per cent provision would re- 
quire American distribs. to invest a 
pound total equalling 29 per cent of 
their imported feature footage. 

63 Bookings for "Maryland" 

To date the 20th-Fox sales depart- 
ment has set 63 advance bookings 
on "Maryland" to follow the world 
premiere in Baltimore on July 10, 
it was announced yesterday. Los 
Angeles, Albany, Kansas City, San- 
ta Barbara. Hartford and El Paso 
are some of the keys where film has 
been set for a pre-release date. 

Gypsy Story for Vivien Leigh 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — "Woman Hunt," a 
gypsy story, has been scheduled by 
Alexander Korda as his Vivien Leigh 
production for this year. Korda re- 
tained a one picture a year arrange- 
ment when he sold Miss Leigh's con- 
tract to Selznick International. 

Rubinger Replaces Bartow 

Chicago — Monroe Rubinger suc- 
ceeds Fred Bartow, resigned, as War- 
ner publicity rep. here. 

the total figure remains the same as 
before. H. J. Mirisch's Tower and 
Oriental theaters here have thus ab- 
sorbed the levy. 

First-runs here, except the River- 
side, which has merely added the 10 
per cent levy, have hiked the tariffs 
five cents in each bracket. Fox's 
Wisconsin, Palace and Strand and 
the Warner, which formerly charged 
25c-35c-50c are now charging 30c- 
40c-55c. The Riverside is now charg- 
ing 28c-33c-44c. 

Indianapolis Exhibitor 
Starts Anti-Trust Suit 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Charles M. Olson, owner of , the 
lyric theater is the principal officer. 

The Fourth Ave. Amusement Co. 
and the Greater Indianapolis Amuse- 
ment Co., operators of the Indiana 
and Circle theaters, are charged in 
the suit with attempting to destroy 
the Apollo's reputation during a per- 
iod when the two firms held the 
Apollo theater under lease. 

The suit charges that during the 
period of the lease, the Fourth Ave. 
and Greater Indianapolis Amusement 
Co. in collusion with three distribu- 
tors — Warner Bros., Inc., Vitagraph, 
Inc., and Twentieth-Fox — attempted 
to control distribution in such a 
manner as to take high class pic- 
tures from the Apollo and place 
them at the disposal of the Circle 
and Indiana to the detriment of the 
Apollo. Loew's, Inc., is charged with 
collusion both as the operator of 
Loew's Theater and as a film dis- 

It is also charged that when the 
lease expired and the theater re- 
verted to the owner, other distribu- 
tors in addition to the original three 
refused to enter into any contract 
with the theater. 

The other six companies named in 
the $867,600 damage suit are Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew's, Inc., RKO 
Radio, Columbia, Paramount, United 
Artists and Universal. 

Hughes, 20th-Fox Deal 
For Two Said Nearly Set 

(Continued from Page 1) 

revealed what properties he has lined 
up for production, but is reported 
to be very interested in the Leland 
Jamieson story, "Attack," currently 
running the SEP, on which the studio 
holds an option on. 

Warners Renew Hellinger Pact 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Associate Producer 
Max Hellinger's contract has been 
renewed by Warner Bros, for an- 
other year. His recent pictures are 
"Torrid Zone," "Brother Orchid" 
and "They Drive by Night." 

Features Show Gain 
In First Half Year 

(Continued from Page 1) 

same companies in the first half of 
1939. Every company except 20th 
Century-Fox, which held even, reg-, 
istered a drop. 

Serials held their own with six_he- 
ing released during the first | 
of each year, two each by ColunJD j, 
Republic and Universal. 

Chart of feature and shorts re*" 
leases for both years, by companies { 
shows that two majors, Unitec 
Artists and Universal, increasec 
their feature output this year; Co, 
lumbia, M-G-M and RKO are everj 
with last year, while Paramount! 
20th-Fox and Warners show de 

Features Shorts i 

1940 1939 1940 193' 

Col 26 26 47 56 ,, 

M-G-M 25 25 39 48 < 

Mono 32 21 .TJ 

Para 26 31 41 45 J 

RKO 25 25 39 46 

Rep 23 22 

20th-Fox 25 30 26 26 

UA 11 8 .. | 

"U" 27 22 26 29 . 

WB 22 25 42 62 I 

Misc 27 18 .A 

269 253 

260 312 

To Set Date for Hearing 
On Crescent Suit Motion 

(Continued from Page 1) 

set before the expiration of the pres 
ent week. 

The majors, who are non-partici 
pants in the Crescent motion, ar 
marking time currently in the cas 
to study the bill of particular 
furnished to them about two week 
ago, and whose answer is not mar 
datory until the expiration of th 
allotted 45-day period, which leave 
the defendants another month to fi! 
their replies. 

Reports here indicate that couns< 
for the majors will seek an extei 
sion of time until November in ord< 
to answer the Government's bill ( 
particulars. This move, it is said, hs 
been instituted by Universal, Unite 
Artists and Columbia, and that the 
co-defendant majors will support tl 
motion as and when time for argi 
ment of it arises. 

RKO Promotes Peppercorn 

Oklahoma City — Carl Peppercor, 
head booker and office manager f< 
RKO Radio for the past 18 montl,, 
has gone to Pittsburgh, to becon 
head booker and office manager 
the RKO exchange there. Don Tu 
lius, assistant booker, steps up 
Peppercorn's place. Don Snide 
shipping department, was made a 
sistant booker. 

New 111. Truck Regulations 

Chicago — New Illinois truck re 
ulations affecting film carriers a 
now operative. They provide f 
increased insurance. 

New UA Exchange Building 

St. Louis — Plans are being pi 
pared for a new exchange buildii 
to house UA here. 


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OL. 78, NO. 4 





%KO Takes 3 Cocalis Theaters and Skouras, 4 

■ traight Operating Deals, 
Vith No Pooling; Cocalis 
state to Operate Four 

; With Local 306, operators union, 
'ednesday voting to accept the Ern- 
ie State members working in the 
ocalis circuit into the union, deal by 
hich RKO and Skouras circuits will 
tke over seven of the Cocalis houses 
ecame effective. A total of 33 oper- 
tors are affected, with the men to go 
i the 306 unemployed list, but they 
ill receive sufficient work or re- 
mneration over a year's period to 
rjual or better the Empire-set scale 
ley received previously. 
RKO takes over the Pelham, Cas- 
e Hill and Marble Hill theaters, 
kouras takes over the Ward, 
quare, Interboro and Pilgrim. The 

jemaining four houses in the Cocalis 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Vould Punish Omaha 
ixhibs. for Contempt 

Lincoln — The Nebraska Supreme 
■o\irt has ordered six Omaha the- 
ater men to show cause by July 23 
•hy they should not be held in con- 
tempt of court for violation of the 
937 injunction against Bank Night. 
Omaha City Attorney W. W. Wen- 
trand filed the suggestion with the 
ourt for the contempt citation after 
i n unsuccessful attempt to curb use 

(Continued on Page 6) 

DFI Stockholders' Suit 
Xayoed by Court Decision 

New York Supreme Court Justice 
^arroll Walter Wednesday dismissed 
he suits of four minority stock- 
lolders against Consolidated Film 
ndustries. Inc., its officers and direc- 
ors, Republic Pictures of Dela- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Food Co-ops Showing 
Free Pix to Members 

Waukegan. III. — The Waukegan Food 
Co-Operatives, under the direction of 
Emil Lehtonen, for the second Summer 
are sponsoring free films for their mem- 
bers at the Co-Operative Park. Pix 
are largely 16 mm., secured from the 
independent Chicago film distributors. 

Summer Closings? Not in the Gulf States; 

instead, Opening of Neiv Houses Expected 

New Orleans — No record of a single closing in the Gulf States territory is on file 
in any of the major exchanges' booking offices here today. Air conditioning has done 
much to cut down resistance to Summer theater attendance. 

Film salesmen report that on the contrary the next 30 days may see some new 
theaters coming into existence. 

Chandler Ad Change Detroit's Canadian 
Beneficial to RKO Biz Does Fadeaway 

Tax base of the new RKO Corp. 
is affected beneficially by important 
amendments to the original Chand- 
ler bankruptcy act of 1938 which re- 
ceived President Roosevelt's signa- 
ture this week. 

Amendments' effect is to permit 
corporations reorganizing in bank- 
ruptcy since September, 1938, or in 
the future, to reduce their tax base 
to the same level of the reductions 
in indebtedness under reorganiza- 
tion, provided that such reductions 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Paramount Directors 
Re-name All Officers 

Barney Balaban was re-elected 
Paramount's president at a special 
board meeting on Wednesday. 

Other officers re-designated were: 
Chairman of the Board, Adolph Zu- 
kor; Chairman of Executive Com- 
mittee, Stanton Griffis; Vice-Presi- 
dents, Y. Frank Freeman, Austin C. 
Keough. Neil F. Agnew, John W. 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Detroit — Rigid new U. S. immi- 
gration rulings have practically 
closed the border to free passage of 
the people of Windsor and down 
river areas to entry into this city, 
hitting grosses here severely. 

Until such time as the necessary 
passports and visas are obtained — 
and in some instances this may be 6 
months — the problem of free pas- 
sage between the two nations re- 
mains difficult. Local Detroit Board 
of Commerce estimates weekly num- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Canadian Churches Back 
Industry's War Benefit 

Toronto — Churches throughout 
Canada are backing the Canadian 
war benefit shows to be staged July 
15 in the Canadian film industry's 
effort to raise $1,000,000 for the Gov- 
ernment over night. The church or- 
ganizations themselves are mailing 
some 4 500 circulars to ministers 
of the United Church, Baptist, Epis- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

RKO Re-issuing 'Snow 

To Sell Feature, Four Shorts as Package 

Ascap Would Block Neb. 
Appeal to Highest Court 

Lincoln — Ascap, • through associate 
counsel, will move here today to 
block the appeal taken by the State 
of Nebraska from the Statutory 
Court decision holding the Nebraska 
anti-Ascarj law unconstitutional. The 
State filed appeal notice a week ago, 
seeking to have the U. S. Supreme 
Court hear the case. 

It is understood that the conten- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Walt Disney's "Snow White and 
the Seven Dwarfs." off the screen 
since mid-1939 following 18 months' 
circulation, will be re-issued by RKO 
as the piece de resistance of a Walt 
Disney Festival program which will 
include as well four Disney shorts, 
Ned E. Depinet, RKO vice-prexy, 
announced Wednesday. Program will 
be sold as a package. 

Decision to restore "Snow White" 
to circulation followed a series of 
tests under way for six months and 
culminating: with final experimental 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Circuit Court Reverses 
On Del. Dismissal; N. Y. 
Suit Cited in Opinion 

Legalistic fireworks featured the 
eve of the Fourth of July when the 
opinion, filed in Philadelphia's U. S. 
Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday 
by Judge Biggs with respect to the 
suit of Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., and 
Samuel Goldwyn against UA, was 
studied and interpreted by local 
counsel for both sides. 

Judge Biggs' opinion, represent- 
ing the findings of the Circuit Court 
of Appeals of the Third Circuit, 
unanimously reversed the decision 
of Judge Nields dismissing the ac- 
tion in the U. S. District Court of 
Delaware. The decision of Judge 
Nields was predicated on the ground 
that London Films Productions and 

(Continued on Page 6) 

W. Pa. Price Jumps 
Meet With Squawks 

Pittsburgh — Few exhibs. in West- 
ern Pennsylvania who attempted to 
put over a penny or two price in- 
crease in connection with the new 
Federal admission tax are meeting 
with public resistance, according to 
reports received in this exchange 

Approximately 95 per cent of the- 

(Continned on Page 3) 

Proposed Amusement Tax 
In La. Out of Running 

Baton Rouge, La. — Louisiana's 
proposed amusement tax which did 
not apply to race tracks but placed 
a graduated tax on theater admis- 
sions and a 25 per cent tax on night 
clubs is out of the running, accord- 
ing to reliable sources here. 

Stress Levy is Tax 
On the Right to Bug 

Detroit — Co-operative Theaters of 
Michigan, booking combine, has pub- 
lished an educational bulletin on the new 
Federal admission tax. Keynote is: 
"This is not a tax on the right to sell 
a ticket; it is a tax on the right to 
buy a ticket." Co-op is also making 
available a patriotic trailer on the tax. 



Friday, July 5, 1940 

Vol. 78, No. 4 Fri., July 5, 1940 

10 Cents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
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(Wednesday, July 3) 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 

Col. Picts.vtc. (2'/ 2 %' 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind % % % 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd... 6% 6% 6y 4 + % 
East. Kodak <4'/ 2 a> .119 118 118]£ — 1 

do pfd 

Cen. Th. Eq 

Loew's, Inc 24% 24 '/ 4 24% — % 

do pfd 

Paramount 5 5 5 

Paramount 1st pfd 

Paramount 2nd pfd 

Pathe Film 7% 7 7% + % 

RKO New 3 3 3 

20th Century-Fox . . . 6% 63/ 8 63/ 8 — % 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 16 16 16—1 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46 

Loew's deb. 3'/2s46 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv. 3 '/ 4 s47 83 83 83 -f-lVs 
Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 78% 78% 78i/ 4 + % 


Monogram Picts % % % — Vb 

Sonotone Corp 



Universal Corp. vtc 

Universal Picts 6 6 6 — 1 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 

Fox Thea. Office Bldg. 1st '46 

Loew's Thea. Realty 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45. . 63 '/ 2 65 Vi 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

Defer "Ramparts" Debut 

Date for the Washington premiere 
of "The Ramparts We Watch" has 
been set back to a tentative July 23 
date, it was learned Wednesday. 
Plans called for a July 12 premiere, 
but necessity of further time to make 
arrangements caused the delay. 

Film Alliance Defeated 
In "Fifth Column" Suit 

Application of Ernest Heming- 
way, Benjamin F. Glazer and the 
Theater Guild, for a temporary in- 
junction to restrain Film Alliance 
of the U. S., Inc., and the Midtown 
Theater Corp., owner of the Rialto, 
from exhibiting the film, "Fifth Col- 
umn Squad,'' was granted Wednes- 
day by New York Supreme Court 
Justice Fehx C. Benvenga, who 
ruled that Hemingway's play "The 
Fifth Column" had explicit right to 
the title. 

The Court held that the defen- 
dants in changing the name of their 
picture from "Spies Of The Air" had 
unfairly competed with the plain- 
tiffs, and that the act, even if unin- 
tentional, had misled the public into 
believing that the picture was taken 
from the play. 

Print Brit. Pix Posters 
On Backs of Old Stock 

London (By Air Mail) — The mat- 
ter of obtaining paper for the print- 
ing of film posters of any size has 
been solved by the Ministry of Sup- 
ply in a paper rationing order. New 
posters may be printed upon the 
backs of old, unused posters. Use of 
posters printed before August 1, on 
paper specially prepared for that 
purpose, is permitted by the order. 

One printer stated his firm had 
enough leftover posters, printed for 
various industries, to last the trade 
for two years. Other printers have 
quantities of old posters also. 

Four WB Pix on B'dway 

Warners have four features cur- 
rently playing on Broadway. These 
are: "The Man Who Talked Too 
Much," Strand: ATAHT. Music Hall: 
"Murder In The Air," Palace, and 
"Fugitive From Justice," Globe. 

Rites Held for D. W. Scott 

Dallas — Funeral services were 
held Tuesday for Daniel Warner 
Scott, 50, veteran 20th-Fox film 
salesman, who died of a heart attack. 
Burial was at Terrell. 

Two Chores for Kaufman 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Wolfe Kaufman, for- 
merly with Variety, is now repre- 
senting both Newsweek and Friday 
"Name" Bands In Hammond 

Hammond, Ind. — The Paramount 
theater, operated by Warners, has 
adopted a "name" band policy for 
the summer months. Among the 
bands booked are Earl Hines, Dea- 
con Moore and Jan Savitt. 

Great States Closes One 

Peoria. III. — The Madison theater 
(Great States) has closed for the 
summer. Circuit's Belasco theater 
at Ouincy is operating on a five-day 

Henry Testa Dead at 81 

Miami Beach, Fla. — Henrv Testa. 
81, retired actor, died at his home 
here. He is survived by his widow. 

Conn. Allied to Tackle 
Tax Again on July 16 

New Haven — Connecticut Allied 
will further consider the tax situa- 
tion at a meeting on July 16, accord- 
ing to Lawrence C. Caplan, executive 

Checkup here shows almost no 
patron squawks in the wake of the 
new Federal levies, although for the 
first few clays, nabe exhibs. paid the 
taxes for regular customers who 
showed up at the b.o. with only the 
flat admission amount. 

Houses with 25 cent top expect 
to feel the competition of 20 cent 
nearby houses much more keenly 
with the margin upped to eight cents 
by the tax. The West End, Bridge- 
port has lowered its Sunday 25 cent 
admission to 20 cents for this rea- 
son, and other houses may do like- 

Expect Veto if Censor 
Bill Passes in Louisiana 

Baton Rouge, La. — Prophecies that 
film censorship will remain as dead 
as it has been for the past four years 
in Louisiana were circulating in the 
state capital today as action on one 
of the censor measures was reported 
near. Observers declare that one of 
the two censorship measures may 
have a chance of passing but point 
to the announced liberalism of Gov. 
Samuel Houston Jones as an indica- 
tion that any censoring bills would 
meet his veto. 

Hope for passage of the bill re- 
pealing the Huey Long censor law, 
which neither Huey or his machine 
ever enforced seemed slight as both 
houses are jammed with legislation 
and July 12 is the adjournment date. 

Brylawski as Director 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Julian Brylawski, 
Warner Brothers executive, will di- 
rect filming of movie shorts illus- 
trating safety rules for children as 
part of the District's safety drive. 
The Traffic Advisory Council has 
approved $500 for this part of the 

Back Fight on Censor's Ban 

American Civil Liberties Union as 
well as Czech groups will back ap- 
peal of Edgar R. Lloyd, distributor 
of "Merry Wives," from the New 
York State censor's decision banning 
the pix. 

Texas Theater Flooded 

Cuero, Tex. — Cloudburst flooded 
the Rialto theater to a depth of 
several feet. This house is booked 
by Griffith Theaters. 

Remodel Kittanning's State 

Kittanning, Pa. — State, operated 
by Dipson Theatrical Enterprises, 
Inc., closes tomorrow for three 
months, during which time the the- 
ater will be completely remodeled, 
and seating capacity increased by 
250 seats. 

WB Using Premiums In Three 

Chicago — Warner Theater circuit 
is now using premiums in its 
Cosmo, Okland and Orpheum. 

COfllMG and GOIflG 

JEFFREY LYNN arrives here today from the 
Milwaukee premiere of "My Love Came Back" 
and will remain for pix's opening at the Strand 
July 12. 

JACK SCHAEFER, chief of B & K's sound de- 
partment, has returned to Chicago from a vaca 
tion spent at Spooner, Wis. 

WILLIAM HARWELL, manager of Warner's 
Ohio at Canton, O., is vacationing in X t na 
five Georgia. j^j, 

STANLEY NEAL of National Screen -„,vi. 
left last night for a Hollywood business trip. 


BILL WATTERS leaves for Hollywood Sun- 
day via Arizona, where he will stop off for a 
few days. 

O'CONNOR has returned from the 

leaves for Detroit over 

the week-end. 

H. M. RICHEY, director of exhibitor relation: 
for RKO, goes to Minneapolis next week to at- 
tend the Northwest Allied convention. 

DANIEL T. O'SHEA, SIP exec, has returned to 
Hollywood after a lengthy stay in New York. 

PAT CASEY has returned to the Coast. 

MOE J. SIECEL returns to Hollywood Tuesday 
after confabs at the Republic home office. 

GEORCE "GABBY" HAYES is here from the 
Coast, returning next week. 

STELLA ADLER goes to the Coast this week- 

ATAHT Tops "Old Maid' 
In First Pop Engagement 

Providence — Warners' ATAHT in 
its first pop price engagement at 
the Majestic here is running 20 per 
cent ahead of "The Old Maid," 
house's record holder, and will stay 

Hughes-McCarey Planning 
A Two-Picture Deal 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Negotiations are still 
pending whereby Leo McCarey may 
make two pictures for Howard 
Hughes as a producer-director. The I 
deal is expected to be closed in a 
few days. 

Loew's to Pay $1.62 Vz 

Regular dividend of $1.62 V 2 on , 
Loew's $5.50 cumulative preferred j 
stock was voted Wednesday by the ij 
board of directors. Dividend is pay- 
able Aug. 15 to stockholders of July 
29 record. 


AT Tostal 




riday, July 5, 1940 



/. Pa. Price Jumps 
eel With Squawks 

(Continued from Page 1) 

l?r owners in the territory added 

ly the tax, and to this patron re- 

tion was favorable. The tax in 

,*> 21-40c brackets has had no ef- 

u (^tSJ\ attendance, it is indicated. 


uerstate Houses Dodging 
ennies Under Tax Setup 

Dallas — Interstate and Southern 
iterprises theaters became penny 
• dgers under the new Federal Ad- 
ission tax setup. In all their Dallas 
nations the admission charge was 
rpt at. round figures, the scales be- 
g revised so that the tariff was 
>ped a few cents in some cases and 
wered in others. 

General tendency seemed to be a 
ight increase in the larger subur- 
ns and a slight cut in the smaller 
■st-runs downtown. While Inter- 
ate said it wasn't commenting on 
ft tax schedule it seemed apparent 
at the circuit was absorbing the 
x as a general policy on 25c ad- 

Robb & Rowley Theaters say the 

x is being absorbed by the the- 

er in some of the smaller towns 

here the admission price is 35c. 

the 25c and 30c towns the tax has 

1 en added. It has been added in 

e big towns with extra pennies to 

ake even money, if necessary. 

; Col. H. A. Cole of Allied Theaters 

Iserted, "I'd say that a large ma- 

rity are adding the tax. In a 

rtain number of towns, the price 

j being put up to 30c instead of 

^c. However, quite a few have re- 

iced from 25c to 20c. 

rice Jumps in Buffalo 
: ccepted by Film-goers 

Buffalo — Buffalo's principal down- 
\vn theaters have upped admis- 
ons five cents, since the Federal 
x on admissions over 20 cents he- 
me effective. A similar boost has 
ken place in suburban nabes, 
here competition isn't too severe, 
"at most nabes in the city itself and 
areas of stiff competition have 
Ided only the three cents tax to the 
evailing 25 cents admission, 
eighborhood houses which have 

Ricardo Cortez 
Jackie Searl 


Al Wilkie 

Don Mersereau 

Jay Blaufox 

Frank E. Garbutt 


George Cukor 

Richard Carle 

Raymond Hatton 


T T ▼ 

• • • WHEN the 1940-41 season breaks from the barrier 

it'll bring into the limelight a production which is all ready ior the 

big race at this writing In fad it's chafing at the bit in the 

"stables" of RKO Radio The entry is christened "The Villain Still 

Pursued Her" and it wears the colors of Franklin-Blank Productions. 

Inc Of the opus, Harold B. Franklin, who has always been a good 

and sincere judge of b.o. qualifications expresses the view privately 

that the property is destined for future fame His conviction 

is that the opus has precisely what it takes to enthuse audiences 

and. further, that it can be exploited into one of the best grossers of the 

year To set the national stage for public receptivity Mister 

Franklin has already commanded his exploitation and publicity staffs. . . . 

to prepare a special merchandising campaign for trade In it. 

he avers, will be outlined new and novel ideas for ballyhoo, publicity, 
stage presentations and — audience participation 

T T T 

• • • 'TWAS not long ago that Metro gave B'way a 

glimpse oj a real western ensemble namely Wallace Beery 

driving an authentic Death Valley 20 Mule Team Borax Wagon. . . . 
Now comes Republic, collaborating with Loew-Metro boys, to give 

our Main Stem a genuine glimpse of a true son and sage oj 

the sagebrush in the person of George "Gabby" Hayes 

who'll personally appear behind the footlights of Loew's Criterion 

at 'bout 9 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday night La Ona 

Munson, star of "Wagons Westward" the Criterion attraction 

will also be present on both nights 

T T T 

• • • IF there is a deal on 'twist RKO Radio and Ernst 

Lubitsch both are maintaining discreet silence on the subject 

'Cording to reports the RKO-ites want Ernst to produce and 

direct a couple for them although he is scheduled to contribute 

his famous directorial touch to some UA features during 1940-41. 

been charging only 20 cents have 
made no increase. 

Theater operators say they have 
encountered little opposition to the 
boost. Exhibitors say the odd pen- 
nies will help defray hidden taxes 
on cleaning materials, washroom 
supplies and other purchases. 

Gulf States Accepts Tax 
Despite Some Grumbling 

New Orleans — Gulf States film 
patrons grumbled about the defense 
tax slightly, but paid and apparently 
will fall in line with the idea of put- 
ting out the extra pennies every 
time they go to the show. A slight 
dip in nabe attendance in poorer 
sections is anticipated. Majority of 
exhibitors are passing the tax on. 

Paramount-Richards' Tudor is 
scheduled to drop prices approxi- 
mately five cents shortly, but this 
is a usual summer policy and has 
nothing to do, executives said, with 
the tax. 

Cincy's Suburban Theaters 
Find Slight Attendance Dip 

Cincinnati — Theater attendance 
due to the increased Federal tax fell 

off in United Theaters, operating 
largely in suburban areas, according 
to Maury White, president. 

White declared business would ad- 
just itself as soon as patrons became 
accustomed to the new order. 

RKO theaters reported no notice- 
able drop in attendance in down 
town houses, patrons accepting the 
tax without demur. 

Cleveland Indies Pass On 
Both State and Fed. Taxes 

Cleveland, O. — Majority of local 
subsequent-run indie theaters in the 
25 cent admission classification are 
advancing their price to 30 cents, 
and 30 cent houses, in a majority of 
cases, have gone to 35 cents. These 
prices however, include the 3 per 
cent state excise tax on gross admis- 
sions, heretofore absorbed, and also 
the new federal defense levy. 

Federal as Well as State 
Taxes Passed on in Denver 

Denver — With a 2 per cent state 
admission tax on tickets costing a 
dime or over already passed along, 
Denver exhibs. followed the same 
policy with the new Federal levies. 

RKO Re-Issuing 
"Snow While" 

(Continued from Page 1) 

engagements at the Park, Meadville, 
Pa., the Kingston, Kingston, where 
both the feature and shorts had been 
already seen by approximately 70 
per cent of each audience. 

Festival program in these two 
typical situations — Meadville being 
a single feature town and Kingston 
a _ double feature spot — is credited 
with more than doubling normal 
business; two-day run in Meadville 
played to 268 per cent of average 
Thursday-Friday biz, three-day en- 
gagement in Kingston played to 202 
per cent of average Thursday 
through Saturday biz. Majority of 
audiences was adult. 

According to Hal Home, Disney 
exec, shorts most satisfactory in 
support of "Snow White" in the tests 
are "The Practical Pig," "Ferdinand 
the Bull," "The Ugly Duckling" and 
"Donald's Lucky Day," and these 
will go into the package. 

Henry Sparks Builds Third 

Cooper, Tex. — Henry Sparks, op- 
erator of two theaters here, is build- 
ing a third house tentatively sched- 
uled to open in August. He has just 
let a contract to RCA Photophone 
for sound equipment for the new 

Not Asking Operators Cut 

New Haven — In spite of business 
conditions reported lagging behind 
last summer, operators' union has 
not been asked to take a summer 
wage cut in this territory. New 
contracts will be negotiated in the 

Ball Game for Milk Fund 

Minneapolis — The Twin City Var- 
iety Club will sponsor the baseball 
game between Minneapolis and 
Louisville, July 19, in Minneapolis. 
Proceeds will go to the Variety Club 
Milk Fund. Ben Blotcky, Chief 
Barker, is in charge of the sale of 

Capitol, Richmond, Dark 

Richmond, Va. — The Capitol, first- 
run, has closed for several weeks. 
The Lyric, which had a season of 
stock is now closed. Only closings 
last summer were the National and 
State, both shut just long enough 
to remodel. 

Adds Port Huron Theater 

Port Huron, Mich.— The Ritz The- 
ater has been taken over by Harold 
Bernstein, owner of a Bay City cir- 
cuit from Louis Fead. 


Cincinnati — Bob Hartlaub, man- 
ager of the Nordland, has announced 
his engagement to Clara Mae Stev- 
ens, Nordland cashier. 






Listen I 

HERE'S a message from M-G-M to you: 
WE'VE got our coats off and our 
SLEEVES rolled up. 

WE'VE got a job to do and we're meeting it 
WITH everything we've got! 
WE'RE making great entertainments 
^ND we're proving that 
NOTHING can stop good pictures! 
LAST week we launched the big musical 
'NEW Moon" (Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy) 
IT'S a box-office sensation everywhere 
AND has electrified every Film Row with 

ANOTHER sensation just opened is 
'ANDY Hardy Meets Debutante" (with Lewis Stone, 
Mickey Rooney and all the folks plus Judy Garland!) 
YOU will see for yourself that it's the 
BEST of the happy Hardy hits and a 
GOLD mine for these times. 

WE'VE got more genuinely BIG pictures 




Jeanette MacDonald 
Nelson Eddy 



Lewis Stone, Mickey 
Rooney, Judy Garland 


Watch for 


the Surprise Hit! 


Greer Garson 
Laurence Olivier 


Ann Sothern 


Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, 
Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr 


William Powell, Myrha Loy 


Robert Montgomery 

FOR release during the summer months! 

AND remember that they follow a 

WHOLE year of consistent successes! 

WE want every man and woman 

WHO reads this message to be 

CONFIDENT with us, to place 

FAITH in us. 

WE have made our plans for next season on the basis of optimism that it 

will be one of the greatest years in show business. 

MEANWHILE the Lion is ROARING right now 

AND it's a comforting sound that means 



Friday, July 5, 19<K< 

Goldwyn-UA Action 
Strikes New Tangle 

{Continued from Page 1) 

Alexander Korda were necessary 
parties defendant. The Appellate 
Court, writing through Judge Biggs, 
held that neither Korda nor London 
Films were necessary parties and 
that the District Judge should not 
have dismissed the complaint on that 

The Court, however, wrote as fol- 

Circuit Court's Opinion 

"It appears, however, from a mo- 
tion to quash the appeal and its ac- 
companying affidavit and exhibits 
filed in this court that the appellants 
filed suit in the District Court of the 
U. S. for the Southern District of 
New York against the appellee, Lon- 
don Films and Korda. Part of the 
relief sought in that suit is an in- 
junction to restrain the appellee 
from interfering in any wise with 
the appellants' full and unrestricted 
distribution and exhibition of their 
moving pictures during a period up 
to Sept. 2, 1945. 

"It appears upon examination of 
the complaint that an adjudication 
of the New York suit might or would 
require an adjudication of the issue 
as to whether UA had breached its 
inducing contract with the appel- 
lants. Upon reaching the conclu- 
sion that the ends of justice would 
best be served by such a course, a 
court of the U. S. in its discretion 
may refuse declaratory relief because 
another court has jurisdiction in an 
executory or non-declaratory action 
of proceedings involving an issue 
identical with that involved in the 
suit for declaratory relief. Such a 
conclusion must be based upon sound 
reasons why under all circumstances 
a non-declaratory or executory ac- 
tion is to be preferred over a suit 
for a declaration. . . 

"Accordingly, the decree of the 
court below is reversed and the cause 
is remanded with leave to receive 
evidence on behalf of the parties to 
the suit at bar relating to the New 
York action to the end that the court 
below, in the exercise of its discre- 
tion, may determine whether the 
amended complaint should be dis- 
missed or declaratory judgment 

Discussing the opinion filed by 
Judge Biggs, Edward C. Raftery, of 
the law firm of O'Brien, Driscoll & 
Raftery, defendant counsel together 
with Schwartz & Frohlich, declared 
that the effect of the decision is that 
the motion to dismiss must be con- 
sidered by the District Court and 
evidence taken as to whether Sam- 
uel Goldwyn can get the relief in 
the New York action that he is seek- 

Cheer-Up Weeh 

Des Moines, a. — Tri-States will inaug- 
urate "Cheer-up Week" at its Des 
Moines, Roosevelt and Paramount houses 
starting July 4. Emphasis on all the 
programs will be placed on comedy, with 
a taboo on all war newsreels. 

Associated British Cinemas Installs First 

Feminine Managers in London Film Theaters 

London (By Air Mail) — Associated British Cinemas has installed women employes, 
trained for that purpose, as managers of a number of London theaters. They replaced 
managers called on for war service. ABC is training more cashiers, secretaries, chief 
ushers and others, to be transferred to any theater in the circuit when occasion arises. 

Canadian Churches Back 
Industry's War Benefit 

{Continued from Page 1) 

copal and Presbyterian churches in 
the Dominion giving details of the 
film industry's campaign plan. 

It is estimated the film industry 
is surrendering a minimum of $150,- 
000 in revenue by agreeing to have 
the war benefit shows start at 8:30 
p.m. One estimate runs to $162,500, 
based on the fact that the 650,000 
seats in Canada's film theaters at 
25 cents per seat would ordinarily 
bring in that much revenue in one 

Detroit Theaters' Canadian 
Business Does Fadeaway 

{Continued from Page \) 

ber of commuters — before regula- 
tory measures — as 29,000. 

Edgar E. Kirchner, manager of 
downtown Family, which ordinarily 
has a large Canadian clientele said: 
"Since the new ruling went into ef- 
fect, my Canadian business is off 
about 100 per cent, only one Can- 
adian coin being presented to my 
cashier in two days." 

Paramount Directors 
Re-Name All Officers 

{Continued from Page \) 

Hicks, Jr., and George L. Bagnall; 
Secretary, Austin C. Keough; Assis- 
tant Secretaries, Norman Collyer, 
Jacob H. Karp, Frank Meyer; 
Comptroller, Fred Mohrhardt; Treas- 
urer, Walter B. Cokell. 

Ralph Peckham to Detroit 

Ralph Peckham, formedly con- 
nected with Grand National, leaves 
Saturday to take over the Detroit 
territory for Select Pictures, it was 
learned Wednesday. 

ing in Delaware, and, if that be the 
case, then the District Court in 
Delaware in its discretion may either 
dismiss the Delaware action or hold 
it for trial. 

Frohlich's Viewpoint 

Louis D. Frohlich, of Schwartz & 
Frohlich, co-counsel for UA and rep- 
resenting Alexander Korda in the 
action, asserted that if the issues 
could be tried in the New York case, 
another motion to dismiss the com- 
plaint in the Delaware case will be 
in order. "That is the status of the 
matter at the present time," he 

Commenting on the opinion filed 
by Judge Biggs, a filmland legal 
channel conversant with the action 
said: "The case now seems to be 
back about where it started from." 

At offices of Max D. Steuer, coun- 
sel for the plaintiffs, it was said 
that any statement must wait upon 
study of the Biggs' opinion. 

Chandler Bankruptcy Act 
Change Beneficial to RKO 

{Continued from Page 1) 

in tax base will not be greater than 
the fair market value of property 

Changes, supported by the SEC 
and others, were inspired by the fact 
that under the old provisions where 
the tax base was reduced by the 
amount of the debt reduction, cor- 
porations found themselves in the 
position where they had no deprecia- 
tion or depletion and if the property 
were later sold the entire amount 
received for the property would be 
subject to income tax. 

As result of this tax situation the 
original law formed a serious im- 
pediment to getting debts reduced in 
bankruptcy reorganizations to a 
proper figure. 

Would Fine Omaha Exhibs. 
For Bank Night Violation 

{Continued from Page 1) 

of Prosperity Clubs in Omaha the- 

Men asked to appear were Will 
Singer, Brandeis, William Miskell, 
Orpheum; Sam Epstein, of Epstein 
circuit; Ralph Goldberg of the Gold- 
berg circuit and two representa- 
tives of Tri-States-Paramount string. 

Ascap Would Block Neb. 
Appeal to Highest Court 

{Continued from Page 1) 

tion of Ascap counsel in New York 
is that instead of the State of Neb- 
raska having taken appeal from the 
order of injunction of Jan. 25, ap- 
peal was based on the order of ap- 
plication of March 28. 

May McAvoy Assigned 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — May McAvoy, star of 
the silent films and who recently has 
been playing bit parts in M-G-M pix, 
has been assigned by the company to 
an important role in "Third Finger, 
Left Hand." 

Robert Lowery Cast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Robert Lowery will 
have a top assignment in "The Cali- 
fornian," which Rouben Mamoulian 
will direct for 20th-Fox. Tyrone 
Power and Linda Darnell are leading 

Enrol Flynn 111 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood- — Errol Flynn has wired 
the 20th-Fox studios that he has de- 
veloped a slight case of malaria and 
will not leave Mexico City until Sun- 

RKO Takes 3, Skouras 
4 Coealis Theaters 

(Continued from Page 1) 

chain to be operated by the estate 
It was stated that the arrangemen' 
embraced straight operating deals 
no pooling being involved. 

For the present, the three houset 
passing to RKO control will fT' n bi I 
advertised as RKO theaters. ulW !iis| 
it is said, is due to existing picture 
commitments, etc. 

CFI Stockholders' Suit 
Kayoed by Court Decision' 

{Continued from Page 1) 

ware, Setay Co., and Cajo Co., in aj 
lengthy opinion which ruled that the » 
defendants were not guilty of badi 
faith in a number of acts, including j 
extension of loans to Republic, pay- 
ment of salaries and the purchase of 
stock of Cajo and Republic. 

Justice Walter said that loans 
made to Republic had resulted in na 
losses and were being paid regu- 
larly, and that the charges that 
"they were improvident," were un-j 
founded. The Court also pointed out 
that the stockholders had been duly 
informed of the actions of Consoli- 
dated directors and had never op- 
posed them. 

SWG and Producers Reach 
Tentative Agreement 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Screen Writers' Guild 
and the producers have reached a 
tentative agreement, but until it is 
submitted to the general membership 
of the Guild its details will not be : 
made public. The pact provides for — 
a short-term contract. The Guild 
has insisted on a Guild shop and' 
final authority in passing on screen 

Gertrude Lawrence to Wed ! : ' 
Aldrich, Stage Producer • . 

Dennis, Mass. — Gertrude Law- 
rence, London and New York stage 
star, and Richard S. Aldrich, New- 
York theatrical producer, obtained a 
marriage license from Town Clerk 
Benjamin Sears on Tuesday and 
Wednesday night drove away, their 
.destination not revealed. 

To Star Laraine Day 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — M-G-M has assigned 
Laraine Day to the leading role in 
"Adventure for Three," by Marcella 
Burke and R. B. Wills. Company is 
reported preparing Miss Day for 

Trend Reversed 

Detroit — The Varsity Theater, operated 
by United Detroit Circuit, reversed the 
trend toward Summer closings, by add- 
ing an additional matinee for Wednes- 
days, to carry through the Summer 
months. The house is in one of the 
better class residential nabes. 

■tday, July 5, 1940 

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TS Business Brisk 
it^iicago Sector 

Chicago — National Theater Supply 
. here reports continuing' brisk 
■siness in the local territory. Among 
:ent jobs are installation of Irwin 
Juxe seats for the new Luxe The- 
?r, East Peoria, under M. M. Ewing 
inagement. House will also have 
exander Smith fluorescent carpets. 
At Lacon, 111., E. F. Shafer is in- 
illing Irwin Crusader chairs, Alex- 
der Smith Crestwood carpets, 
mplex projectors and sound, Amer- 
*n Air Blower system and a 
rcelain enamel front. The Shafer 
l use will open in September. 

PNat Bernstein, owner of the State, 
khart, is installing Simplex sound 
d projectors, Crestwood carpets, 
d latest type marquee. This house 
scheduled for early fall opening. 

Equipment Field Notes 

. Louis Firm Gets Contract 

Findlay, 111.— The Okaw, a 330- 
ater, was recently sold by J. F. 
nnsen to 0. T. Weakley of Shelby- 
le, 111. Weakley plans to install 
w booth equipment, etc., for which 
contracted through the Exhibitors 
tpply Co., St. Louis. 


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pVERY night that the Amsterdam 
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the national pastime on their own 
diamond, some 2,500 loyal fans turn 
out for the event. Night games were 
made possible for the Yankee Farm 
Team by the $10,000 worth of lights 
installed by the Mohawk Mills As- 
sociation. Out of the Mohawk Mills 
comes a large percentage of film 

theater carpet. 

* * * 

Enterprise had its beneficial reward 
out in Belleville, 111., recently. Noah 
Bloomer's Ritz Theater had the go- 
getting spirit to flag the public on 
the fact that the house has ordered 
new Simplex sound and projection 
jor the house. The machines were 
placed in a downtown store window 
for a week prior to installation and 
prizes offered for the best photo made 
of the display. Co-operating in the 
exploitation stunt was the St. Louis 
office of National Theater Supply 
which furnished and installed the new 




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G-E's first permanent display of 
the products of its Appliance and 
Merchandise Dept., in newly dec- 
orated quarters on the 12th floor of 
the G-E Building, 570 Lexington 
Ave., in New York, is attracting an 
unusual amount of attention. Mrs. 
Corrine Herndon Robinson, for sev- 
eral years associated with this phase 
of G-E's business, is in active charge 
of the new display. 

From Pittsburgh comes word that 
the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. has 
begun construction at its Ford City, 
Pa., plant. It's another progressive 
move in the already notable business 
regime of the company's prexy, H. S. 

Extensive alterations and improve- 
ments are under way at Louisville's 
Kentucky Theater. Included in the 
remodeling program is a balcony 
with a seating capacity of 300. 

Crestwood Carpet Goes 
Into Four Theaters 

Atlanta — Crestwood carpet, manu- 
factured by Alexander Smith & 
Sons, has been installed in the Fa- 
mous, Birmingham; Boulevard, Mi- 
ami; Paramount, Ashville, N. C; and 
the Opera House, Abbeville, S. C. 
The carpet was supplied by Wil-Kin 
Theater Supply Co. 

Equipment by Oliver Co. 

Detroit — Remodelling of the in- 
terior of the Grant Theater, operated 
by Moe Teitel and Saul Korman, has 
been completed. Oliver Theater 
Supply Co. installed new Mork-Green 
drapes. Brenkert projectors, RCA 
sound, and screen. 

Matzinger Is Preparing 
Willoughby House Plans 

Willoughby, O. — The new theater 
to be built here by the Modern The- 
ater Co., will be located opposite St. 
Andrews park. It will have 1,500 
seats and will cost approximately 
$100,000. Owners are Dan Stearns, 
P. E. Essick, Howard Reif and C. G. 
Deckman. Herman Matzinger, Cleve- 
land, is preparing the plans. 

Three Simplex Installations 

Detroit — National Theater Supply 
is installing new Simplex high lamps 
and rectifiers in the Clinto Theater 
at St. Johns and the Eaton at Char- 
lotte, both for the Beechler Circuit, 
and in the Family at East Tawas 
for Ashmun Brothers. 

Dusenbere Buys Monographs 

Redbud, 111.— T. C. Dusenbere has 
recently installed a pair of new 
Motiographs in his Redbud Theater. 
This equipment was purchased 
through the Exhibitors Supply Co., 
St. Louis. 

Drew Orders Photophone 

Detroit — RCA Photophone is in- 
stalling new sound equipment for 
Hollis Drew in the Temple Theater 
at East Jordan, and in the new house 
being erected at Roscommon, Mich. 

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Hadelman to Remodel 

Shelton, Conn. — Morris Hadelman 
will close his 650-seat Shelton The- 
ater for renovation and installation 
of 300 new International floating 
comfort chairs by Modern Theater 
Equipment Co. 

Ark. House Air Conditioned 

Huntsville, Ark. — Local Madison 
Theater has completed installation 
of a new air conditioning plant, it is 
announced by Carl Presley, manager 
of the house. 





Wil-Kin Co. Fills 
Southern Orders 

Charlotte, N. C— Wil-Kin Theater 
Supply Co.'s local and Atlanta offices 
report the following current jobs: 
Rex, Goldwater, Ala., International 
chairs; the Drive-In theaters, here 
and in Durham, N. C, complete 
equipment furnished; U. S. Airco 
cooling equipment for the North 
Birmingham, Birmingham, and the 
Seminole, Homestead, Fla.; Inter- 
national chairs for the Kingston, 
Daytona Beach. 

Also, U. S. Airco for the Florida 
Theater, Haines City, Fla., and for 
the Grand, Greer, S. C, and Peach- 
tree and 14th St. house, Atlanta. 

Other Wil-Kin jobs are: company's 
draperies and furniture for the 
Bradley, Columbus, Ga.; U. S. Airco 
air conditioning and International 
chairs for the Hollywood, Woodruff, 
S. C; International chairs for the 
Famous, Birmingham; draperies, 
Brenkert Enarcs and Forest recti- 
fiers for the Boulevard, Miami; 
Brenkert's Enarcs and Benwood 
Linze rectifiers for the Liberty, 
Johnson, S. C. ; Motiograph projec- 
tors, Brenkert Enarcs and Forest 
rectifiers for the Auditorium, Hen- 
dersonville, N. C; U. S. Airco air 
conditioning and International chairs 
for the Pal, Vidalia, Ga.; and also 
International chairs for the Ritz, 
Thomaston, Ga., and the Opera 
House, Abbeville, S. C. 

First House for Sandoval 

Sandoval, 111. — Bids will be taken 
soon on the construction of a new 
theater here for Robert Cluster of 

Plans are by O. W. Stiegemeyer, 
St. Louis architect. 

For years Sandoval has depended 
on a portable circuit for its film 

Cooling Winsted Strand 

Winsted, Conn. — Lockwood and 
Gordon are installing air-condition- 
ing system with well in the 900-seat 




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• I never saw anything more realistic in 
any theatre. In fact, all the pictures in this 
theatre are so much better than they used 
to be. Am I imagining things? 
No, Mary, Mr. Robinson, the Manager of 
this theatre, is a friend of mine and he told 
me that they have recently installed a new 
type of projection light known as the "One 
Kilowatt" High Intensity arc. This new 
light is designed especially for the small 
theatres. It is a snow white light like day- 
light and there is half again as much light 
on the screen as they had formerly. That's 
why the pictures are so natural and easy to 
look at. 

All I can say, John, is that it's wonderful 
and believe me I am going to tell my friends 
about it. Mr. Robinson is to be congratu- 
lated for his progressiveness. 

L i> |> 19(1 13 & 13 I 5T 

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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 


OL. 78. NO. 5 




joldwy n's Complaint Against Korda Dismissed 


Public Accepts Tax 



)EFENSE TAX: Gov't's new de- 
se admission tax has been passed 
ng to patrons by 95 per cent of 
aters, Film Daily survey indi- 
?d, with the public generally ac- 
ting it without any squawking, 
ce rises in some W. Pa. towns did, 
vever, elicit patron squawks. Some 
cago indies were trying out early 
cent shows to avoid the tax. Many 
.ibs. are concerned lest collection 
complicated by a shortage of 
nies. * * * 
]QUITY SUIT: Parleys looking 
a consent decree in the Gov't's 
ity suit against the majors con- 
ied during the week, with court 
ring delayed till today pending 
ther conferences. Distribs. gen- 
lly felt that if any consent de- 
? materializes it should apply to 
companies. Clearance and over- 
ing formulas were r e p o rt e d 
•ked out. 

* * * 

HIS AND THAT: Feature pic- 
es showed a gain of 16 during 
t half of year over similar months 
1939, total being 269. Shorts at 
was a drop of 52 . . . President 
led bill lifting ban on interstate 
pment of prizefight films . . . The- 
rs reported ready to aid Gov't de- 
se measures by publishing enlist- 
pt articles in house organs — 
•w : s Weekly and RKO Newsettes 
ig first to co-op . . . Action of 
nuel Goldwyn vs. UA struck new 
Jgle when Circuit Court of Ap- 
j Is in Philly reversed Delaware 
S. District Court's dismissal of 
suit . . . Defense measures side- 
:ked working out a sub. for the 
ily bill ... 211 downstate Illi- 
B theaters formed new exhib. 
t, United T. 0. of Illinois . . . 
'orted that New York Allied might 
spt MPTOA's invitation to join 
t body . . . Northwest Allied was 
ected to okay a film buying com- 
3 . . . Charge of bootlegging Chap- 
films was filed against New Jer- 
camera exchanges . . . New 
irance and zoning plan was draft- 
in Detroit . . . RKO Radio will 
ssue "Snow White and the Seven 
iiarfs," with four Disney shorts. 

Court Gives Goldwyn 20 
Days to Amend Complaint 
Against United Artists 

Quoting at length the opinion of 
the U. S. Circuit Court which ruled 
that Alexander Korda and London 
Films Productions, Ltd., were not re- 
quired defendants in the suit of Sam- 
uel Goldwyn and Samuel Goldwyn, 
Inc., against United Artists, Federal 
Judge Vincent L. Leibell, on Friday 
dismissed Goldwyn's New York com- 
plaint against Korda and London 

The Court also gave Goldwyn 20 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Production in Rio 

Reported a Floppo 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Commerce Depart- 
ment reports through the office of the 
American Commercial Attache at Rio de 
Janeiro that notwithstanding the efforts 
of the Brazilian Government to foster 
it, domestic film production has proven 
unsuccessful. The native studios and 
laboratories making shorts represented 
an investment of approximately $1,- 
118,000, but present value is given as 
$150,000. The single studio located in 
Sao Paulo, in which more than $500,000 
originally was invested, has closed. 

Shulman Answer 
Assails Majors 

New Haven — Having received per- 
mission to intervene as party de- 
fendant, Joseph L. Shulman, doing 
business as the Plaza Theater, Wind- 
sor, has filed his answer in the dam- 
■ ge and injunction suit of Lampert 
Tbeater of Windsor, Inc. vs. Vita- 
graph, Inc., seeking dismissal of the 

(Continued on Page 4) 

U.K. Calling Actors 
Between 18 and 31 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — British actors and 
others of British nationality en- 
gaged in film biz in the U. S. be- 
tween the ages of 18 and 31 years 
are advised by the British Embassy 
in a statement made public today 
to return to England for military 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Famous Players Canadian 
Plans Eastern Conclave 

Twin City Exhibitors 
To Ask for Concessions 

Toronto — Famous Players Canadi- 
an has doomed plans to hold the an- 
nual convention of theater mana- 
gers for Ontario, Quebec and the 
three Maritime Provinces, in Toron- 
to, this week. Officials said regional 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Minneapolis — Contending that biz 
here is off from 20 to 25 per cent 
compared with a year ago, Twin 
Cities indie exhibs. are reported 
planning to ask wage concessions 
from the operators. 

Indies claim that the dip in busi- 
ness started with the outbreak of the 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Duals 'Mark of Greed'—Small 

Producer Calls for "Industry Partnership 

Five Exceptions to Tax 
Addition in Northwest 

Minneapolis — Territorial checkup 
in the wake of the new Federal ad- 
mission taxes showed at the week- 
end that only five houses failed to 
follow the general policy of adding 
the new 10 per cent tax to the 21-40 
cents b.o. prices. 

Locally, the Vogue dropped from 
(Continued on Page 5) 



West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Edward Small in a 
statement issued Friday proposed an 
immediate "industry partnership" 
that would level off all inequalities 
to insure a continued flow of the 
kind of product needed to sustain 
b.o. receipts. 

As a platform for such a partner- 
ship, Small suggested trimming sal- 
aries, "beginning at the top of the 
(Continued on Page 5) 

Confidence Expressed That 
Basis Agreeable to All 
Distribs. Can Be Reached 

Following intensive work by 
counsel for the majors and the 
Government during the past 
week, attorneys for the distribs. ex- 
pressed the opinion at the week-end 
that they are closer now to a frame- 
work for an agreement than at any 

The opinion was also expressed, 
both by D of J attorneys as well as 
industry counsel, that a basis can 
be reached by which Columbia, 
United Artists and Universal can be 
lined up to solidify the industry 
front. It was reported that consid- 
erable work has already been done 
in both camps on this problem, with 
definite progress made. 

With conferences due to resume 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Holiday Week-end 
Biz Shows Gains 

Doubtful July 4th weather, caus- 
ing many New Yorkers to defer out- 
ing plans, plus an influx of out-of- 
town visitors, combined to give 
Broadway film houses cause for ex- 
tra celebration over the four-day 
week-end. House managers unani- 
mously reported "better" when 
queried as to Independence Day biz 
this year compared with last, and 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Petrillo Tackles Philly 
Warner Musicians Strike 

Conference Friday between War- 
ner executives and James C. Petrillo, 
American Federation of Musicians 
prexy, and A. Rex Riccardi, secre- 
tarv of the AFM's Philly Local 77, 

(Continued on Page 5) 

"Stamp Hitler Out," 
Was Cry of Canadians 

Toronto — "Stamp Hitler Out" has been 
adopted as the film industry's slogan for 
the Win-the-War shows to be staged 
Dominion-wide at 8:30 p.m. on July 15; 
goal is the sale of $1,000,000 in War 
Savings Stamps. 

Monday, July 8, 1940 

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© The Broadway Parade II 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

The Mortal Storm (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer Pictures) — 3rd week Capitol 

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Warner Bros. Pictures)— 2nd week Strand 

All This and Heaven Too (Warner Bros. Pictures) Music Hall 

The Chost Breakers (Paramount Pictures) •• Paramount 

Private Affairs (Universal Pictures) • Roxy 

Spies of the Air (Film Alliance) Rialto 

Wagons Westward (Republic Pictures) Criterion 

Fugitive from Justice (Warner Bros. Pictures) Globe 

Stage Coach War (Paramount Pictures) (a) Central 

Return of Wild Bill (Columbia Pictures) (a) Central 

My Favorite Wife (RKO Radio Pictures) (a-b) • Palace 

Murder in the Air (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a) Palace 


Cone With the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Selznick) — 30th week Astor 


The Baker's Wife (The Baker's Wife Co.)— 19th week World 

Carmen de la Triana (Spanish feature) — 4th week 48th St. Theater 


Susan and God (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer Pictures) — July 11 Capitol 

My Love Came Back (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 12 Strand 

Untamed (Paramount Pictures) (c) Paramount 

You're Not So Tough (Universal Pictures) — July 10 Rialto 

Murder in the Night (Film Alliance)— July 10 (a) Central 

West of Abilene (Columbia Pictures) — July 10(a) Central 

Brother Orchid (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 11 (a-b) Palace 

Bill of Divorcement (RKO Radio Pictures) — July 11 (a) Palace 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. 

(c) Follows current bill. 

Film Scouts to Catch Six 
New Plays in Strawhats 

Film talent scouts will have a busy 
time the fore part of this week with 
six openings scheduled for summer 
playhouses. Tonight is the heavi- 
est, with "Four Cheers for Mother" 
opening at the Red Barn, Locust 
Valley; "Cafeteria" at the Country 
Theater, Suffern and "Our Girls" at 
the Starlight, Pawling. "Nude— 
With Pineapple" will be presented at 
the Playhouse, Osterville, Mass., to- 
morrow, and Wednesday will see the 
openings of "Vote for Youth" at 
the Parrish Memorial Hall, South- 
ampton and "Angela is 22" at the 
Community Playhouse, Spring Lake, 
N. J. 

$150,000 Ad Campaign 
For "My Love Came Back" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Warners will put a 
$150,000 national ad campaign be- 
hind "My Love Came Back." Charles 
Einfeld has mapped out a campaign 
which will feature an "I Told You 
So" endorsement letter by Jack L. 
Warner. Same tack was used suc- 
cessfully for "Four Daughters." 

James Roosevelt to Get 
"Two Harbors" Rights? 

James Roosevelt may acquire film 
rights to "Two Harbors," by Van 
Wyck Mason, it was learned Friday. 
Deal is being negotiated by Roger 
Marchetti, film attorney, here from 
the Coast, it is understood. 

16 mm. Westerns in Demand 

Chicago — The Ideal Pictures Corp., 
headed by Bertram Willoughy, re- 
ports the demand for 16 mm. west- 
erns front the non-theatrical trade 
as the best in several years. Patri- 
otic shorts are the runner-up. 

28 Fewer Films Examined 
By Chi. Censors in June 

Chicago — Twenty-eight less films 
were submitted to the Chicago po- 
lice censor bureau in June than in 
the same month a year ago, accord- 
ing to the report of Sergt. Joseph 
Healy, acting chief. This year, fig- 
ure was 131; a year ago, 159. 

Police censors this year rejected 
two films — "How to Take a Bath" 
and "He" — pinked five, and made 26 
cuts. In 1939, there were no re- 
jections, two pink tickets issued, and 
24 cuts ordered. 

Rep. Studio Engineer 
On Academy's Council 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Darryl F. Zanuck, 
chairman of the Academy's Research 
Council, announces the appointment 
of Charles L. Lootens, chief engi- 
neer of Republic Studio, to member- 
ship on the Council. Republic Stu- 
dio is now contributing to the Re- 
search Council's financial support 

Court Rejects Bioff's 
Habeas Corpus Plea 

Chicago — Judge John Prystalski 
rejected William Bioff's habeas 
corpus petition filed by Attorney 
Walker Butler. This means that 
Bioff must serve out his term in full. 

N. M. Theater Receipts 
In April up $13,788 

Santa Fe, N. Mex.— New Mexico 
Bureau of Revenue reports April 
theater receipts at $211,606, a gain 
of $13,788 over March. 

COminG and coinG 

DAVID 0. SELZNICK is due here from the 
Coast the middle of the week. 

MADELEINE CARROLL, who was stranded in 
France by the Cerman invasion, was due to 
leave Lisbon yesterday by Clipper for this coun- 
try, arriving at La Guardia Field at noon today. 

GEORGE COULOURIS returned to Hollywood 
at the week-end after a short New York visit. 

EDWARD H. GRIFFITH was due here ystf -.j 
day from Hollywood for conference with 
h.o. execs, on his next picture, "VirginL 

PATRICIA MORISON, star of Para.'s "Un- 
tamed," arrived here by United Airlines Satur- 
day from Portland, Ore., where she made a p. a. 
at film's premiere. 

LOUIS SCHINE of the Schine circuit, is in 
Hollywood with his family for a month's stay. 

MRS. EMLYN WILLIAMS, wife of the British 
actor, and their two children are en route to 
this country, presumably for the duration ot 
the war. 

ED FINNEY and his star, TEX RITTER, have 
returned to Hollywood following three weeks 
on location at Prescott, Ariz. 

MRS. MORRIS are vacationing in Canada. 

ELIA KAZAN returns to New York from the 
Coast as soon as he completes his role in 
Warners' "City for Conquest," to appear in a 
legit, production. 

SOL WURTZEL and his wife are spending a 
brief vacation at Lake Tahoe. 

LEON SCHLESINGER is vacationing on Lido 

DANIEL T. O'SHEA, Selznick-lnternational 
vice-prexy, is back at the studio following two 
months in New York. 

STEEN returned from a New England vacation 

WILLIAM STUCKY left New York at the 
week-end for Culver City to join Metro's junior 
writing staff. 

ROGER MARCHETTI, film attorney, is here 
from the Coast. 

SAM GERMAINE, 20th-Fox booking manager 
at New Haven, is off on a vacation in Boston. 

HERB BERG of Paramount's publicity depart- 
ment is vacationing at Hunter, N. Y. 

JACK KARR, movie columnist, Toronto Star, is 
in town, making his headquarters at Oscar A. 
Doob's office at Loew's. 

RALPH JONES, columnist, Atlanta Constitu- 
tion, is spending vacation here. 

Defer License Fee Action 

Indianapolis — The A.T.O.I. suit, 
which was filed in the name of the 
Hollywood Theater Corp., against 
the City of Indianapolis, contesting 
the legality of the collection by the 
city of $100 a year theater license 
fee, has been held over until the 
Fall term of the Marion County Su- 
perior Court. 


Eugene Pallette 

Lon Young 
Bradley King 

We started it with 'ROAD TO SINGAPORE" and "BUCK BENNY 
RIDES AGAIN." We were the First to kick Old Man Gloom in the 
pants. We were the first to give the sob stuff the big brush off. We 
were the first to start building the biggest bunch of belly-laugh 
bonanzas in the history of the business. Now we see all the other 
companies climbing on the Paramount Band Wagon for a joy ride 
of LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. It's okay by us. Imitation is the 
sincerest flattery, etc. But, as we've already cornered the comedy 
market, signed up the biggest names in the entertainment field, 
well be glad to welcome the late comers. ..but, 
naturally, well hang right on to our front seats! / * 


Look at these 
Paramount Entertainers f 

Fred Allen, Jack Benny (with 
Rochester), Ring Crosby, 
Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, 
Jackie Cooper, Mary Martin, 
Ken Murray, Eddie Bracken, 
Victor Moore, Ezra Stone, 
Jerry Colonna, Brenda and 
Cobina (just to mention a few) 




Monday, July 8, 1940 

Shulman Answer 
Assails Majors 

{Continued from Page 1) 

suit, damages of $25,000 in turn, and 
an injunction against Vitagraph 
preventing withholding of booking 
and delivery of pictures to him. 

The Lampert corporation, of which 
Lockwood and Gordon are now prin- 
cipals, filed the suit last February, 
alleging that Vitagraph had en- 
tered into first-run contracts with it 
for the Windsor Theater, with the 
understanding that there would be 
no second-run in Windsor. There- 
after, it is alleged, Vitagraph sold 
the Plaza second-run with 14-day 

Shulman denies the plaintiff has 
suffered any damages; then names 
the major distributors and alleges 
they "dominate and control the mo- 
tion picture industry in the United 
States in all its branches." He states 
they have imposed on unaffiliated 
exhibitors, including himself, "a se- 
ries of harsh, onerous and unfair 
trade practices, each of which tends 
to restrain and does restrain and 
obstruct interstate and intrastate 
trade and commerce in motion pic- 
tures in violation of the law," ex- 
plaining particularly protection and 
overbuying, and claiming that the 
Windsor operator was permitted to 

Religious Films Booming 
Business in 16 mm. Field 

IV est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The war in Europe 
has brought demands from religious 
organizations for religious pictures 
in 16 mm., A. L. McCormick, presi- 
dent of Cinecolor, Inc., said Friday. 
McCormick estimates religious pic- 
tures will increase 16 mm. business 
by around 10,000,000 feet during the 
next year. 

Casting is now under way for the 
first of a series of religious pictures, 
which will go into production this 

Oklahoma City — Wilson Tedford, 
assistant booker at the 20th Century- 
Fox exchange here, was married to 
Allegra Wyatt. 

Oklahoma City — Dorothy Lane, re- 
ceptionist at 20th Century-Fox, is 
the bride of Harold Netherton. 

Chicago — Sonja Henie, ice and film 
star, and Dan Topping, New York 
sportsman, were married here on the 
Fourth. Ceremony was performed by 
Rev. Joshua Aden, pastor of the 
Norwegian Lutheran Church. The 
bride's mother, brother and sister- 
in-law were among the attendants. 

Las Vegas, N. M. — Carole Landis 
and Willis Hunt, Jr., yacht broker, 
were married here on the Fourth 
after an airplane elopement. 


with PHIL H. DALY: 

• • STROLLING along the Rialto at the week-end we met 

an old friend Once upon a time and it isn't so long ago, at 

that his name was up in lights on picture house marquees 

and his weekly salary check was in the telephone number catagory 

But today, ah, today it's quite a different story You no 

longer see his name in lights indeed, you seldom find it included in 

film casts when the credits are flashed on the screen and as 

for salary checks when they do come along occasionally 

the sums are nominal 

▼ T T 

• • • IN film biz there's a vast difference finan- 
cially and otherwise betvieen being known and being 

forgotten And none now knows it better than the ac- 
tor in question who lost his identification with success 

because he failed to realize that the public as well as show- 
men have short memories and accordingly need to be 

reminded again and again that he exists Had this 

particular trouper not taken the position "I don't have to 

advertise I'm a star" in his heyday 

his case history would read far differently if industry ex- 
perience means anything 

T T T 

• • • "LOST identity" there you have in two words 

one of the major tragedies of film biz The person who permits 

his identification with successful endeavor to be slighted 

or ignored is inviting film oblivion And that goes dou- 
ble for those in the creative end of the business For produc- 
ers, directors, writers, players and all the others associated with 

picture-making In this industry personal advertising isn't just 

advertising it's career and job insurance 

T T T 

#99 THAT Ottawa dash of Alfred Hitchcock. . . .had noth- 
ing a-tall to do with proposed British production in the 

Dominion It was to arrange for the evacuation from 

Great Britain to Canada of about 60 children from an 

orphanage for actors' children Hitchcock is a director of the 

British orphanage. . . • Osa Johnson whose "I Married Ad- 
venture" will be released by Columbia July 24 will be 

guest star on radio's "Information Please" program tomorrow 

night. . . • Dan Mainwaring recently with the Orson Welles 

unit at RKO Radio on the Coast has joined Warners' h.o. pub- 
licity staff. . . • As another example of what can be done 

in the sponsored film field there's "Symphony in F" 

Technicolor subject now being shown by Henry Ford 

at the New York World's Fair The musical treatment by Ed- 
win E. Ludig is corking 

Y ▼ Y 

• • • UA has received word from "Down Under" that Dave 

Selznick's cinematic "sweetheart" "Rebecca" shattered the 

all-time house record at the Regent Theater in Sydney, Australia 

Now a cable clarions that the picture has pulled the biggest 

second week in the stand's annals since 1934 and is slated to con- 
tinue its engagement indefinitely. . . • First of the songs from Alexander 
Korda's 'The Thief of Bagdad" will be published shortly by Chap- 
pell & Co The ditty is "Abu's Sailor Song" one of the new 

thematic tunes in the production 

>%. « c< » » » 

See Consent Decree 
Framework Nearing 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tomorrow morning, it was also 
learned that restrictions on the 
rental of pictures to recently pur- 
chased houses had been eliminated 
from the proposals by the Govern- 

Among the proposals revised^ * 
the conferees thus far are those 1 ' 
fecting arbitration, clearance, exni- 
bition, trade showings, policy of 
giveaways, rentals, theater-competi- 
tion, etc. 

The Government has laid particu- 
lar stress on licensing agreements, 
overbuying and a method of relief 
for any alleged discrimination 
against independently operated 
houses. It is understood the Gov- 
ernment is developing the subject 

Counsel were in agreement that 
the further revisions completed dur- 
ing the past week, and worked on 
over the week-end in preparation for 
the continuance of huddles tomor- 
row, have been constructive, and 
have definitely served to make 
progress toward the goal of an ac- 
ceptable basis of proposals for set- 
tlement via a consent decree. 

"Scandals," Sally Rand 
As Milwaukee Opposition 

Milwaukee, Wis. — Girlie show fans 
ere getting their fill this week, with 
George White's Scandals at Fox's 
Wisconsin and Sally Rand and her 
show at E. J. Weisfeldt's Riverside. 
The Wisconsin appearance is that 
house's first stage show in five years. 

Fawcett to Add Another 

Breezy Point Lodge, Minn. — Faw- 
cett Publications, Inc. is holding its 
annual advertising sales meeting 
here during the entire week. Sales 
and promotion plans for the fall and 
winter will be previewed, also the 
announcement of the addition of at 
least one new Fawcett magazine to 
the list of 30 which the company 
now publish. 

Lofgren with Harry Warren 

Lincoln, Neb. — M. E. Lofgren, for 
several years with the J. H. Cooper 
Enterprises in Colorado and Ne- 
braska, has resigned and joins the 
Central States Theaters (Harry 
Warren) in York, as city manager. 


Albany — Jack Walsh, Metro ex- 
ploitation manager, has a new son, 
born at Brady Maternity Hospital. 
Heir will be named John George 
Walsh, 3rd. 

Chicago — Larry Stein, Warner the- 
aters publicity manager, is the father 
of a baby girl, named Marsha. 

1 Monday, July 8. 1940 


5 Exceptions to Tax 
Addition in N. W. 

,/ f) am Page 1) 
5 to 20 cents, while the Homewood 
id Brynwood here changed from 
5 cents every night to 15 cents on 
ireek nights and 20 cents on week- 
jnds. Theaters in Hopkins and Still- 
.ater went from 25 to 30 cents. 

jft> Standard Houses Drop 
Wales as Result of Tax 

Oklahoma City — As an aftermath 
f the new Federal admission taxes, 
tales have been changed in two 
Standard Theaters Corp. houses, 
iitz, East Side suburban, has dropped 
i om 25 to 20 cents, while the Tower, 
irst-run North Side theater, has cut 
rom 40 to 27 cents plus tax. 

Week-end checkup shows the new 
dmission levies have had little or 
lo effect on b.o. biz. 

<labes Lose Downstairs Biz 
n o Balconies in Rochester 

Rochester — Several nabes here 
vhich retained 15 cent balcony 
•rices under the new admission tax 
etup report patrons are buying bal- 
ony tickets instead of paying the 
18 cent price for downstairs seats. 
Collection of taxes on benefit tickets 
old in advance by church and other 
•roups is another local problem. 

Tax Price Boost in Ohio 
laid Generally in Effect 

Columbus — Price boost to include 
ot only the new Federal admission 
?vy but the 3 per cent state excise 
ax on admissions heretofore largely 
bsorbed is generally effective in 
Jhio, according to Pete J. Wood, sec- 
tary of the ITO of Ohio. Locally, 
11 houses have now increased prices. 

3 etrillo Tackles Philly 
Warner Musicians Strike 

(Continued from Page 1) 

nd a delegation from the latter, 
erved principally to acquaint Petril- 
d with the entire situation there, 
•lusicians' strike against Warner 
'hilly houses is in its eighth month, 
ileeting was adjourned until this 
eek after a comparatively short 
ession, no definite action being tak- 
m. Second confab may be held in 

4-G-M Buys Bolivar Story 

Vest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — "Bolivar, the Passion- 
te Conqueror," by Thomas Russell 
'barra, has been purchased by 
1-G-M from Norman McCleod. It 

ill be utilized by Dore Schary in 
ne preparation of a Bolivar screen 

Dan Cupid Stages Romantic Blitzkrieg in WB 

Personnel tit Chi.; Four Weddings on July 27 

Chicago — Dan Cupid has staged a romantic blitzkrieg in the Warner organization 
here, with the result that wedding bells will ring July 27 for: 

John Maloney, manager of the Grove Theater, and Mildred Grill, cashier at the 

Ray Dunn, manager of the Orpheum, Hammond, and Helen Beiker, Partheon 

Eddie Hendrickson, of the Stratford Theater, and Lillian Abbott, cashier of the 

Richard Beck, of the WB theater tax department, and Esther Riley. Crooms-to-be 
will be feted at the Warner Club July 9. 

Great Britain Calling 
Actors Between 18 and 31 

(Continued from Page 1) 

service "as soon as they can make 
the necessary arrangements." 

The formal statement was issued 
in response to the innumerable re- 
quests the Embassy has received 
during the last 10 months from both 
British screen and stage people 
working on this side. 

Text of the statement follows: 

"Since the outbreak of the war, 
British actors, of both stage and 
screen, and others connected with 
the profession, resident in the U. S., 
have repeatedly offered their ser- 
vices to the British Government and 
have sought advice from the Em- 
bassy as to the desirability of their 
return to the United Kingdom for 
service. Until recently, they have 
been advised to stay here, as there 
is no shortage of man-power in the 
United Kingdom. 

"In view of recent conditions, how- 
ever, British actors of all ages have 
again come forward with renewed 
offers of service. These offers have 
been considered according to age 
and qualifications, with a view to 
the utilization of their services, 
whether here or abroad, in the most 
advantageous manner. Broadly 
speaking, those between the ages 
of 18 and 31 years (the present 'mil- 
itary' age in England) should re- 
turn as soon as they can make the 
necessary arrangements; those above 
this age should continue in their 
professions until they receive fur- 
ther instructions." 

Wants All Stevens Students 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — William Keighley, di- 
recting "Glamour Girl" for Warners, 
would like to have the entire student 
body — 8 young women — of Stevens 
College at Columbia, Mo., transport- 
ed to the studio to appear in the pic- 

Renew Margaret Sullavan Pact 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — David L. Loew and Al- 
bert Lewin have extended their con- 
tract with Margaret Sullavan to in- 
clude two more pictures after the 
current "Flotsam." One will be Clif- 
ford Odets' "Night Music." 

JSA Opens in Oklahoma City 

Oklahoma City — National Screen 
•ccessories has opened a new branch 
d service Oklahoma theaters for- 
merly handled out of Dallas. Gil- 
ert Clark, who formerly operated 
lark's Poster Service, is manager 
f the new branch. 

Would Buy Thea. for Background 

West Coast Bureau of . THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Eddie Buzzell, who is 
to direct the next Marx Bros, picture, 
"Go West," has offered to buy the 
Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, 
Ariz., to be moved to the Metro lot 
as background for the film. 

Twin City Exhibitors 
To Ask for Concessions 

(Continued from Page 1) 

war, and that in some instances, the 
decline has been 35 per cent. Av- 
erage drop for the first half of the 
year is placed at 20-25 per cent, how- 

Des Moines — Iowa exhibits, report 
biz for the first six months of the 
year off 20 to 25 per cent from the 
same period in 1939. Larger houses 
seemed to feel the worst cut, with 
smaller spots helping to bring up the 
average. European situation is 
blamed entirely for drop. 

Incidentally, Bank Night shows a 
decline in this area. 

Famous Players Canadian 
Plans Eastern Conclave 

(Continued from Page 1) 

meetings, on dates still to be set, 
may take the place of the Eastern 
Canadian convention this year. 

It is expected, however, that 
FPCC's western convention will be 
held as scheduled. 

John Wayne with Dietrich 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Universal has cast 
John Wayne as Marlene Dietrich's 
leading man in "Seven Sinners" 
which goes before the cameras this 
week, with Broderick Crawford, Gail 
Patrick and Oscar Homolka in the 

Warners Cast Van Heflin 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Van Heflin, who made 
a hit on the New York stage with 
Katharine Hepburn in "Philadelphia 
Story," has been cast by Warners 
for an important role in "Santa Fe 
Trail," set to go into work this week. 

Hayden Opposite Carroll 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Norman Hayden has 
been assigned the male lead, oppo- 
site Madeleine Carroll, in "Virginia," 
which Paramount will put into pro- 
duction shortly after Miss Carroll's 
arrival from Spain. 

"My Love" Draws 'Em In 

Milwaukee — Premiere of Warners' 
"My Love Came Back" at the 
Warner Theater here on the Fourth 
gave the house its biggest Inde- 
pendence Day biz in nine years. 
Leffrey Lynn made p.a.'s. 

Small Calls Duals 
"Mark ot Greed" 

(Continued from Page 1) 

list," elimination of double bills, 
giveaways and other so-called box 
office stimulants, and the sharing of 
problems by all branches of the 

"For a long time now it has 
been something of a popular sport 
among exhibitors the world over to 
take pot shots at the production end 
of the motion picture business," 
Small said. "Maybe there have been 
times when these attacks have been 
justified. But there have also been 
plenty of times when these barbs 
were an obvious effort to gloss over 
the mistakes of exhibitors them- 
selves. Now that we need every 
ounce of energy to save the very 
life of the industry, we will have 
to swim together or sink separately. 

"The double bill must go. In the 
first place, double bills are a mark 
of poor showmanship. They came 
because some people in the business 
did not have enough showmanship 
instinct to know how to meet declin- 
ing revenues. They are also a mark 
of greed. There are times in every 
business when it is essential to lose 
money to maintain a standard. 

"Too many exhibitors were un- 
willing to lose money on this basis, 
became panicky and turned to double 
bills, dishes, automobiles, stoves and 
a thousand other things at a time 
when they should have turned on 
all the power of showmanship. It 
was the easy way, but like every- 
thing that comes easy, the eventual 
price is a costly, almost destructive 

"The news that the double bill 
is being supplanted in some places 
by the triple bill is appalling. This 
is simply a case where too much 
candy poisons the system. They're 
trying to hand the public more en- 
tertainment than it can digest and 
the result is an attack of business 
indigestion that threatens to become 

"Exhibitors complain that double 
bills and now triple bills cut down 
their revenue. That is only natural. 
But think what it does to the pro- 
ducer when the revenue from a 
single four or five-hour show has 
to be split two or three ways. The 
exhibitor must realize that if he 
hopes to continue getting top flight 
product he will have to treat the 
producer on a partnership basis, 
helping to absorb the losses as well 
as the profits." 

PRC Sets Release Dates 

Leon Fromkess of Producers Re- 
leasing Corp. announces the follow- 
ing release schedule for July and 
August: "Billy the Kid Outlawed," 
starring Bob Steele, July 20; "Gun 
Code," starring Tim McCoy, July 
28; "Desire to Live," melodrama, 
Aug. 16; "Riders of Black Moun- 
tain," starring Tim McCoy, Aug. 23; 
and "Cross Roads of Life," melo- 
drama, Sept. 1. 

The Film Daily's Calenda 

A list of English-speaking features released since Feb. 14, 1940, by compa> 
dates: FD: indicates date of FILM DAILY review. Names are the princi 

with FILM DAILY revieu 


Pioneers of the Frontier, 58 mins. . . .2-1-40 
FD: 2-14-40. Bill Elliott, Linda Winters 

Too Many Husbands, 84 mins 3-21-40 

FD: 3-8-40. Fred MacMurray, Jean 
Parker, Melvyn Douglas 

Convicted Woman, 66 mins 1-31-40 

FD: 3-8-40. Rochelle Hudson, Frieda ln- 

Blazing Six-Shooters, 61 mins 4-11-40 

FD: 3-12-40. Charles Starrett, Iris Mere- 

Texas Stagecoach, 59 mins 3-20-40 

FD: 4-3-40. Charles Starrett, Iris Mere- 

Blondie on a Budget, 73 mins 2-29-40 

FD: 4-10-40. Penny Singleton, Arthur 
Five Little Peppers At Home, 65 mins. 2-8-40 
FD: 4-10-40. Edith Fellows, Clarence 
Kolb, Dorothy Peterson 
Konga, the Wild Stallion, 65 mins. .8-30-39 
FD: 4-10-40. Fred Stone, Rochelle Hudson 
Man With Nine Lives, The, 73 mins. 

FD: 5-3-40. Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, 
Jc Ann Sayers 

Men Without Souls, 62 mins 3-14-40 

FD: 5-20-40. John Litel, Barton McLane, 
Rochelle Hudson 
Twenty-one Days Together, 72 mins. 

FD: 5-27-40. Vivien Leigh, Laurence 
Olivier, Leslie Banks 
Island of Doomed Men, 67 mins. . . .5-20-40 
FD: 6-13-40. Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hud- 
son, Robert Wilcox 
Man from Tumbleweeds, The, 59 mins 

FD: 6-14-40. Bill Elliott, Iris Meredith 

Babies for Sale, 64 mins 5-16-40 

FD: 6-14-40. Rochelle Hudson, Glenn 
Ford, Miles Mander 
Doctor Takes a Wife, The, 89 mins.. 4-25-40 
FD: 6-17-40. Loretta Young, Ray Milland, 
Reginald Gardner, Gai! Patrick 

Passport to Alcatraz, 60 mins 6-6-40 

FD: 6-18-40. Jack Holt, Noah Beery, 
Jr., Cecilia Callejo 
Lone Wolf Meets a Lady, The, 71 mins. 

FD: 6-18-40. Warren William, Jean Muir, 
Eric Blore 

Mad Men of Europe, 73 mins 6-3-40 

FD: 6-26-40. Edmund Gwenn, Mary Ma- 
guire. Paul von Hernreid 


Northwest Passage, 125 mins 2-23-40 

FD: 2-12-40. Spencer Tracy, Robert 
Young, Ruth Hussey 

Young Tom Edison, 82 mins 3-15-40 

FD: 2-13-40. Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, 
George Bancroft 
Broadway Melody of 1940, 102 mins. .2-9-40 
FD: 2-14-40. Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell 

Henry Goes Arizona, 66 mins 12-8-39 

FD: 2-20-40. Frank Morgan, Virginia 
Weidler, Guy Kibbee 
Man from Dakota, The, 75 mins. . .2-16-40 
FD: 2-23-40. Wallace Beery, John How- 
ard, Dolores Del Rio 

Strange Cargo, 105 mins 4-1-40 

FD: 3-5-40. Joan Crawford, Clark Gable 

Florian, 91 mins 3-29-40 

FD: 4-1-40. Robt. Young, Helen Gilbert, 
Chas. Coburn 
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case, 76 mins. 4- 12-40 
FD: 4-16-40. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barry- 

And One Was Beautiful, 93 mins 4-5-40 

FD: 4-17-40. Laraine Day, Robert Cum- 
mings, Jean Muir 

Forty Little Mothers, 90 mins 4-26-40 

FD: 4-19-40. Eddie Cantor, Judith An- 
derson, Ralph Morgan 

Twenty-Mule Team, 84 mins 5-3-40 

FD: 4-30-40. Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, 
Marjorie Rambeau 
Two Girls on Broadway, 71 mins. . . .4-19-40 
FD: 4-30-40. Lana Turner, George Mur- 
phy, Joan Blondell 

Waterloo Bridge, 103 mins 5-17-40 

FD: 5-16-40. Vivien Leigh, Robert Tay- 
lor, Lucile Watson, Aubrey Smith 

Edison, the Man, 107 mins 5-10-40 

FD: 5-17-40. Spencer Tracy, Rita John- 
son, Lynne Overman, Chas. Coburn 

Phantom Raiders, 70 mins 5-31-40 

FD: 5-28-40. Walter Pidgeon, Donald 
Meek, Jos. Schildkraut 

Susan and God, 115 mins 6-7-40 

FD: 6-4-40. Joan Crawford, Fredric March 

Mortal Storm, The, 100 mins 6-14-40 

FD: 6-11-40. Margaret Sullavan, James 
Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan 

New Moon, 105 mins 6-28-40 

FD: 6-18-40. Jeanette MacDonald, Nel- 
son Eddy, Mary Boland 
Captain Is a Lady, The, 63 mins.. .6-21-40 
FD: 6-26-40. Charles Coburn, Beulah 
Bondi, Virginia Grey 
Andy Hardy Meets a Debutante, 86 mins. 

FD: 7-2-40. Mickey Rooney, Judy Gar- 
land, Lewis Stone 


Face Behind the Scar, The, 71 mins. 
FD: 3-13-40. Griffith Jones, Rosalyn 
Fight for Life, The (U. S. Film Service), 

69 mins. 
FD: 3-18-40. Myron McCormick, Storrs 

Broken Strings (Int. Roadshow-Borden), 60 


FD: 3-18-40. Clarence Muse, Cyril Lewis 

Outsider, The (Alliance Films), 90 mins. 

FD: 3-21-40. George Sanders, Mary Ma- 


Monkey Into Man (World Pictures), 60 


FD: 3-22-40. Depicts evolution of man. 

Lights Out in Europe (Mayer & Burstyn), 

66 mins. 
FD: 4-3-40. Documentary film. 
Killers of the Wild (Times), 57 mins. 

FD: 4-3-40. Joan Valerie, James Bush 
American Gang Busters, The (Times), 60 

FD: 4-3-40. Documentary G-Man film. 
Hidden Menace, The, 56 mins. 

FD: 4-10-40. Otto Kruger, Gertrude 
George Washington Carver, 69 mins. 
FD: 4-16-40. Dr. Geo. W. Carver, Booker 
T. Washington, 111 
Secrets of a Model 60 mins. 

FD: 4-18-40. Sharon Lee, Phyllis Barry 
Mr. Washington Goes to Town (Dixie 

FD: 4-19-40. F. E. Miller, Mantan More- 
Captain Moonlight (Atlas Film Exchange), 

60 mins. 
FD: 4-26-40. John Garrick, Winifred 
Men with Steel Faces (Times Pictures), 

70 mins. 
FD: 5-2-40. Gene Autry, Frankie Darro 

Suicide Legion (Film Alliance), 54 mins. 
FD: 5-9-40. Tullio Carminati, Lilli Pal- 
mer, John Garrick 
Song of the Road (Select Attractions), 71 

FD: 5-13-40. Harry Lauder, Ruth Haven, 
Ethel Glendinning 
Mad Youth (Atlas Film Exchange), 61 mins. 
FD: 5-20-40. Mary Ainslee, Betty Comp- 
son, Betty Atkinson 
Leopard Men of Africa, The, 65 mins. 
FD: 6-25-40. African adventure film. 


East Side Kids, 62 mins 2-10-40 

FD: 2-19-40, Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, 
Joyce Bryant 

Westbound Stage, 57 mins 12-15-39 

FD: 2-27-40. Tex Ritter, Muriel Evans 

Human Monster, The, 73 mins 3-9-40 

FD: 3-12-40. Bela Lugosi, Hugh Wil- 

Phantom Strikes, The, 58 mins 11-15-39 

FD: 3-21-40. Wilfred Lawson, Sonnie 

Midnight Limited, 61 mins 3-20-40 

FD: 3-22-40. John King, Marjorie Rey- 

Son of the Navy, 72 mins 3-30-40 

FD: 4-10-40. James Dunn, Jean Parker 

Tomboy, 70 mins 4-5-20 

FD: 4-24-40. Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae 
Jones, Grant Withers 
Rhythm of the Rio Grande, 54 mins. .3-2-40 
FD: 4-26-40. Tex Ritter, Suzan Dale 

Pals of the Silver Sage, 52 mins 4-20-40 

FD: 5-2-40. Tex Ritter, Sugar Dawn 
Mysterious Mr. Reeder, The, 61 mins. 

FD: 5-9-40. Will Fyffe, Kay Walsh, 
George Curzon, Chili Boucher 
Covered Wagon Trails, 52 mins. .. .4-20-40 
FD: 5-9-40. Jack Randall, Sally Cairns, 
David Sharpe 
Murder on the Yukon, 58 mins. .2-25-40 
FD: 5-20-40. James Newill, Polly Ann 
Young, Dave O'Brien 

On the Spot, 62 mins 6-11-40 

FD: 6-4-40. Frankie Darro, Mantan More- 
land, Mary Kornman 

Wild Horse Range, 58 mins 6-18-40 

FD: 6-18-40. Jack Randall, Frank Yaco- 
nelli, Tom London 

Last Alarm, The, 61 mins 6-25-40 

FD: 6-25-40. J. Farrell MacDonald, Polly 
Ann Young, Warren Hull 

Land of Six Guns, 54 mins 5-2-40 

FD: 6-26-40. Jack Randall, Louise Stanley 

Danger Ahead, 60 mins 1-10-40 

FD: 7-3-40. James Newill, Dorothea 
Kent, Gut Usher 

Yukon Flight, 57 mins 12-5-39 

FD: 7-2-40. James Newill, Louise Stan- 
ley, Dave O'Brien 

Golden Trail, The, 52 mins 7-3-40 

FD: 7-8-40. Tex Ritter, Slim Andrews, 
Ina Guest 


Seventeen, 78 mins 3-1-40 

FD: 2-20-40. Jackie Cooper, Betty Field 
Women Without Names, 62 mins. .3-15-40 
FD: 2-20-40. Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, 
Judith Barrett 

Road to Singapore, 84 mins 3-22-40 

FD: 2-26-40. Bing Crosby, Dorothy La- 
mour, Bob Hope 

Knights of the Range, 68 mins 3-29-40 

FD: 2-26-40. Russell Hayden, Victor 
Jory, Jean Parker 

Showdown, The, 65 mins 2-16-' 1 

FD: 4-5-40. William Boyd, Russell Ha) 
Adventure in Diamonds, 76 mins. .. .4-5-4 
FD: 4-5-40. Isa Miranda, Geo. Bren 
John Loder /^xl 

Dr. Cyclops, 75 mins 4- 

FD: 3-8-40. Albert Dekker, Thos. csffj 
ley, Janice Logan 

Biscuit Eater, The, 81 mins 4-26-4 

FD: 4-12-40. Billy Lee, Cordell Hickman 
Richard Lane 
Buck Benny Rides Again, 82 mins.. 5-30-4 
FD: 4-16-40. Jack Benny, Ellen Drew' 
Andy Devine 

Emergency Squad, 65 mins 1-5-4 

FD: 4-18-40. William Henry, Louis 
Light of Western Stars, The, 67 mins 

FD: 4-22-40. Victor Jory, Jo Ann Sayen I 
Russell Hayden 

Parole Fixer, 68 mins 2-2-4 

FD: 4-26-40. Lyle Talbot, Robert Paige 
Virginia Dale 

^Typhoon, 70 mins 5-17-4 i 

FD: 4-30-40. Dorothy Lamour, Rober/ 
Preston, Lynne Overman 
French Without Tears, 67 mins. .. .4-19-4 
FD: 5-7-40. Ray Milland, Ellen Drew i 

Opened by Mistake, 67 mins 5-10-4 

FD: 5-13-40. Charlie Ruggles, Janice Lo.' 
gan, Robert Paige 

Those Were the Days, 70 mins 6-21-4 

FD: 5-22-40. William Holden, Bonit, 
Granville, Ezra Stone 

Hidden Gold, 61 mins 6-7-4 

FD: 5-24-40. William Boyd, Russell Hay 
den, Ruth Rogers 

Safari, 80 mins 6-14-4 " 

FD: 6-4-40. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Made 
leine Carroll 

Way of All Flesh, 86 mins 7-5-4 - 

FD: 6-11-40. Akim Tamiroff, Glady: " 
George, Wm. Henry, Muriel Angelus 

Ghost Breakers, The, 82 mins 6-21-4C 

FD: 6-13-40. Bob Hope, Paulette God 
dard, Richard Carlson 

Untamed, 83 mins 7-26-4 ' ; 

FD: 7-2-40. Ray Milland, Patricia Mori . 
son, Akim Tamiroff 

Queen of the Mob, 61 mins 6-28-4C 

FD: 7-3-40. Ralph Bellamy, Blanche,. 
Yurka, J. Carrol Naish, Jean Cagney ~] 


Frontier Crusader, 62 mins 6-21 

FD: 6-14-40. Tim McCoy, Dorothy Shor 
Carl Hackett 


Vigil in the Night, 96 mins 2-9-40 

FD: 2-23-40. Carole Lombard, Brian 

Millionaire Playboy, 64 mins 3-15-4C 

FD: 2-27-40. Joe Penner, Linda Hayes 

Legion of the Lawless, 59 mins 1-5-40 

FD: 2-27-40. George O'Brien, Virginia 

Isle of Destiny, 95 mins 3-8-40 

FD: 3-6-40. William Gargan, Wallace 
Ford, June Lang 
Marines Fly High, The, 68 mins. .. .12-2-40 
FD: 3-8-40. Richard Dix, Chester Mor- 
ris, Lucille Ball 

Little Orvie, 65 mins 3-1-4C 

FD: 3-12-40. John Sheffield, Ernest Truei 

Primrose Path, 93 mins 3-22-40 

FD: 3-18-40. Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea. 
Marjorie Rambeau 


f Current Feature Releases 

'■•' mged according to date of review. Dates after titles are distributor release 
■ ws in the cast. Complete casts and production credits are included 
! rates Technicolor production. 

rageous Dr. Christian, The, 67 mins. 

Hersholt, Tom Neal, 

11 i c 

1 Alw> 

D: 3-25-40. Jean 
Dorothy Lovett 

I it Takes Over, The, 69 mins 6-7-40 

5-27-40. George Sanders, Wendy 
rrie, Jonathan Hale 

Always Pays, 66 mins 6-21-40 

D: 6-18-40. Leon Errol, Dennis O'Keefe, 
Adele Pearce 
le of Windy Poplars, 88 mins. . .6-28-40 
D: 6-19-40. Anne Shirley, James Elli- 
son, Henry Travers 
: of Divorcement, A, 74 mins. .. .5-31-40 
D: 4-8-40. Maureen O'Hara, Adolphe 
Menjou, Fay Bainter 

tain Call, 60 mins 4-26-40 

: D: 4-10-40. Barbara Read, Alan Mow- 
bray, Martin Spellman 

let Code, 58 mins 4-5-40 

3 : D: 4-10-40. George O'Brien, Virginia 

ne, 104 mins 5-3-40 

: D: 4-19-40. Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, 
Roland Young, May Robson 

Favorite Wife, 88 mins 5-17-40 

i : D: 5-3-40. Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, 
Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott 
Can't Fool Your Wife, 65 mins. 5-24-40 
D: 5-21-40. Lucille Ball, James Ellison 
,m Brown's School Days, 86 mins.. 6- 14-40 
-D: 6-24-40. Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Fred- 
die Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Jose- 
phine Hutchinson 

llionaires in Prison, 63 mins 7-12-40 

: D: 6-27-40. Lee Tracy, Linda Hayes, 
Raymond Walburn 

irie Law, 59 mins 6-14-40 

•D: 6-27-40. George O'Brien, Virginia 

Vale, Dick Hogan 
Jss-Country Romance, 68 mins.. .7-19-40 
: D: 6-28-40. Gene Raymond, Wendy Bar- 
rie, Hedda Hopper 






neers of the West, 56 mins 3-10-40 

D: 3-12-40. The Three Mesquiteers 

icho Grande, 68 mins 3-22-40 

D: 3-25-40. Gene Autry, Smiley Burn- 

gotten Girls, 68 mins 3-15-40 

D: 3-27-40. Louise Piatt, Donald Woods 

st Valley Raiders, 57 mins 3-26-40 

D: 4-3-40. Donald Barry, Lona Andre 

k Command, 94 mins 4-15-40 

D: 4-5-40. Claire Trevor, John Wayne, 
Walter Pidgeon 

Yo Silver, 69 mins 4-10-40 

D: 4-16-40. Lee Powell, Chief Thunder 
andpa Goes to Town, 66 mins. . . .4-19-40 
D: 4-24-40. James, Lucille and Russell 
Gleason, Harry Davenport 

Old Missouri, 67 mins 4-17-40 

: D: 5-3-40. Weaver Bros, and Elviry 
vered Wagon Days, 56 mins. .. .4-22-40 
r D: 5-9-40. Bob Livingston, Raymond 
Hatton, Duncan Renaldo 

:oked Road, The, 66 mins 5-10-40 

r D: 5-15-40. Edmund Lowe, Henry Wil- 
coxon, Irene Hervey 

ucho Serenade, 66 mins 5-10-40 

FD: 5-15-40. Gene Autry, Smiley Burn- 
ette, June Storey 

;ngs of Chicago, 66 mins 5-17-40 

r 'FD: 5-21-40. Lloyd Nolan, Barton Mc- 
Lane, Ray Middleton 

Young Buffalo Bill, 59 mins 4-12-40 

FD: 5-28-40. Roy Rogers, George Hayes, 
Pauline Moore 
Rocky Mountain Rangers, 58 mins. .5-24-40 
FD: 5-31-40. Robert Livingston, Raymond 
Hatton, Duncan Renaldo 

Women in War, 71 mins 6-6-40 

FD: 5-27-40. Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, 
Patric Knowles 

Refugee, The, 79 mins 7-3-40 

FD: 6-14-40. John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, 
Chas. Coburn 

Carson City Kid, The, 57 mins 6-27-40 

FD: 6-19-40. Roy Rogers, George "Gab- 
by" Hayes, Bob Steele 

Wagons Westward, 70 mins 6-19-40 

FD: 6-24-40. Chester Morris, Anita Lou- 
ise, Buck Jones, Ona Munson 

One Man's Law, 57 mins 6-29-40 

FD: 7-8-40. Don "Red" Barry, Janet 
Waldo, Dub Taylor 


Charlie Chan in Panama, 67 mins. . . .3-1-40 
FD-2-27-40. Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, 
Lionel Atwill 

Shooting High, 65 mins 4-26-40 

FD: 3-8-40. Jane Withers, Gene Autry 

They Came by Night, 73 mins 2-23-40 

FD: 3-12-40. Will Fyffe, Phyllis Calvert 
Young as You Feel, 59 mins. (Jones Fam- 
ily) . .2-16-40 
FD: 3-13-40. Jed Prouty, Spring Byington 

Viva Cisco Kid, 70 mins 4-12-40 

FD: 3-25-40. Cesar Romero, Jean Rogers 

Johnny Apollo, 93 mins 4-19-40 

FD: 4-16-40. Tyrone Power, Lloyd Nolan, 
Dorothy Lamour 

Free. Blonde and 21, 67 mins 3-29-40 

FD: 4-19-40. Lynn Bari, Mary Beth 
Hughes, Henry Wilcoxon 

Star Dust, 85 mins 4-5-40 

FD: 5-7-40. Linda Darnell, John Payne, 
Roland Young 
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, 75 mins. 

FD: 5-7-40. Sidney Toler, Marjorie 
Weaver, Lionel Atwill 

Lillian Russell, 127 mins 5-24-40 

FD: 5-16-40. Alice Faye, Don Ameche, 
Henry Fonda 

So This Is London, 84 mins 5-3-40 

FD: 5-20-40. George Sanders, Robertson 
Hare, Betron Churchill 
I Was An Adventuress, 81 mins. . .5-10-40 
FD: 5-24-40. Zorina, Richard Greene, 
Erich von Stroheim 

Four Sons, 89 mins 6-14-40 

FD: 6-4-40. Don Ameche, Eugenie Leon- 
tovich, Mary Beth Hughes 
Manhattan Heartbeat, 72 mins. .. .7-12-40 
FD: 6-5-40. Robert Sterling, Virginia Gil- 
more, Joan Davis 

Earthbound, 67 mins 6-7-40 

FD: 6-13-40. Warner Baxter, Andrea 
Leeds, Lynn Bari 

On Their Own, 63 mins 5-17-40 

FD: 6-14-40. Spring Byington, Ken How- 
ell, Geo. Ernest 

Girl in 313, 56 mins..: 5-31-40 

FD: 6-17-40. Florence Rice, Kent Tay- 
lor, Lionel Atwill 

Lucky Cisco Kid, 68 mins 6-28-40 

FD: 6-28-40. Cesar Romero, Mary Beth 
Hughes, Chris-Pin Martin 

-Maryland, 92 mins 7-14-40 

FD: 7-2-40. Walter Brennan, Fay Bain- 
ter, Brenda Joyce, John Payne 

Street of Memories, 71 mins 8-9-40 

FD: 7-2-40. Lynn Roberts, Guy Kibbee, 
John McGuire 

Sailor's Lady, 66 mins 7-5-40 

FD: 7-3-40. Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Wally 


Chump at Oxford, A. (Hal Roach), 63 mins. 

FD: 2-20-40. Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy 
House Across the Bay, The (Wanger), 72 
mins... 3-1-40 
FD: 3-1-40. George Raft, Joan Bennett 
My Son, My Son (Small), 115 mins.. 3-22-40 
FD: 3-6-40. Madeleine Carroll, Brian 
Rebecca (Selznick), 127 mins. .. .4-12-40 
FD: 3-26-40. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fon- 
One Million B.C. (Roach), 80 mins.. 4-5-40 
FD: 4-16-40. Victor Mature, Carole Lan- 
dis, Lon Chaney, Jr. 

Saps at Sea (Roach), 57 mins 4-19-40 

FD: 5-3-40. Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, 
Ben Turpin 

Turnabout (Roach), 83 mins 5-17-40 

FD: 5-7-40. Adolphe Menjou, Carole 
Landis, John Hubbard 

Our Town (Lesser), 90 mins 5-24-40 

FD: 5-13-40. William Holden, Martha 
Scott, Frank Craven, Thomas Mitchell 


Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love, 63 mins. 


FD: 2-14-40. Tom Brown, Peggy Moran 

Honeymoon Deferred, 59 mins. .. .2-16-40 

FD: 2-19-40. Edmund Lowe, Margaret 


Man from Montreal, 60 mins 12-8-39 

FD: 3-4-40. Richard Arlen, Andy Devine 

Double Alibi, 60 mins 3-1-40 

FD: 3-12-40. Wayne Morris, Margaret 

It's a Date, 103 mins 3-22-40 

FD: 3-25-40. Deanna Durbin, Kay Fran- 
cis, Walter Pidgeon 

Zanzibar, 69 mins 3-8-40 

FD: 4-3-40. Lola Lane, James Craig 

Black Friday, 70 mins 4-12-40 

FD: 4-5-40. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, 
Anne Nagel 
"Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me," 60 mins. 

FD: 4-8-40. Tom Brown, Constance 

Danger on Wheels, 61 mins 2-2-40 

FD: 4-16-40. Richard Arlen, Andy Devine 
House of the Seven Gables, The, 89 mins. 

FD: 4-18-40. Vincent Price, Margaret 
Lindsay, George Sanders 

Enemy Agent, 61 mins 4-19-40 

FD: 4-26-40. Richard Cromwell, Helen 
Vinson, Robert Armstrong 

If I Had My Way, 94 mins 5-3-40 

FD: 4-30-40. Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, 
Chas. Winninger 

West of Carson City, 57 mins 1-19-40 

FD: 5-13-40. Johnny Mack Brown, Bob 
Baker, Fuzzy Knight 

La Conga Nights, 60 mins 5-31-40 

FD: 5-20-40. Hugh Herbert, Dennis 
O'Keefe, Constance Moore 

Alias the Deacon, 72 mins 5-17-40 

FD: 5-20-40. Bob Burns, Mischa Auer, 
Dennis O'Keefe 

Riders of Pasco Basin, 56 mins 4-5-40 

FD: 5-20-40. Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy 
Knight, Bob Baker 

Sandy is a Lady, 64 mins 6-14-40 

FD: 5-21-40. Baby Sandy, Batch and 

Buddy, Eugene Pallette, Nan Grey 

I Can't Give You Anything but Love Baby, 

61 mins.. 6-21-40 

FD: 5-21-40. Broderick Crawford, Peggy 

Moran, Johnny Downs 

Ski Patrol, 64 mins 5-10-40 

FD: 5-22-40. Philip Dorn, Luli Deste, 
Samuel S. Hinds 

Framed, 61 mins 2-23-40 

FD: 5-28-40. Frank Albertson, Constance 
Moore, Jerome Cowan 

Half a Sinner, 59 mins 4-5-40 

FD: 6-5-40. Heather Angel, John King, 
Constance Collier 

Private Affairs, 75 mins 7-5-40 

FD: 6-13-40. Hugh Herbert, Nancy Kelly, 
Roland Young 
Bad Man from Red Butte, 58 mins. .5-31-40 
FD: 6-14-40. Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy 
Knight, Bob Baker 

Hot Steel, 61 mins 7-12-40 

FD: 6-26-40. Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, 
Peggy Moran 


Three Cheers for the Irish, 100 mins. 

FD: 3-8-40. Thomas Mitchell, Priscilla 
Lane, Dennis Morgan 

Castle on the Hudson, 77 mins 2-19-40 

FD: 3-8-40. John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, 
Pat O'Brien 

-Virginia City, 121 mins 3-23-40 

FD: 3-18-40. Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, 
Randolph Scott 

Granny Get Your Gun, 56 mins 2-10-40 

FD: 3-19-40. May Robson, Harry Daven- 

It All Came True, 97 mins 4-6-40 

FD: 4-5-40. Ann Sheridan, Humphrey 
Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn 

Till We Meet Again, 99 mins 4-20-40 

FD: 4-11-40. George Brent, Merle Oberon, 
Pat O'Brien 

Saturday's Children, 101 mins 5-11-40 

FD: 4-17-40. John Garfield, Anne Shirley, 
Claude Rains 
King of the Lumberjacks, 58 mins.. 4-13-40 
FD: 4-18-40. John Payne, Gloria Dickson, 
Stanley Fields 

Torrid Zone, 88 mins 5-25-40 

FD: 5-13-40. James Cagney, Ann Sheri- 
dan, Pat O'Brien 
Angel From Texas, An, 69 mins. .. .4-27-40 
FD: 5-15-40. Eddie Albert, Rosemary 
Lane, Wayne Morris 

Tear Gas Squad, 55 mins 5-4-40 

FD: 5-15-40. Dennis Morgan, John Payne, 
Gloria Dickson 

Flight Angels, 74 mins 5-18-40 

FD: 5-29-40. Dennis Morgan, Wayne 
Morris, Virginia Bruce 

Brother Orchid, 91 mins 6-8-14 

FD: 5-31-40. Edward G. Robinson, Ann 

Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Ralph 


All This and Heaven Too, 143 mins.. 6-29-40 

FD: 6-17-40. Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, 

Barbara O'Neil, Jeffrey Lynn 

My Love Came Back, 81 mins 7-13-40 

FD: 6-28-40. Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey 
Lynn, Eddie Albert 
Man Who Talked Too Much, The, 75 mins. 

FD: 7-8-40. George Brent, Virginia 
Bruce, Richard Barthelmess 


Monday, July 8, 194( 


Holiday Week-end 
Biz Shows Gains 

(Continued from Page 1) 

week-end "takes" further reflected 
the accelerated b.o. pace. 

Reports filtering in from out of 
town indicated good business all 
over the country. RKO and Loew's 
claimed "much better" business for 
this Fourth, due to Thursday being 
an opening day, and also, in the case 
of Loew's, because "Andy Hardy 
Meets Debutante" opened in a num- 
ber of situations. 

Highlight on Broadway was 
Warner's "All This and Heaven 
Too," which opened at the Music 
Hall and did the biggest gross the 
house ever did on a Fourth of July— 
this despite its length which cut 
down the turnover. 

"The Mortal Storm," starting a 
third week at the Capitol, chalked 
up the second biggest day of the 
run, while "The Ghost Breakers," 
opening at the Paramount Wednes- 
day, set a two-day record for the 
house and did the best holiday busi- 
ness recorded in three years. At 
other houses, it was much the same 

Business continued good over the 
balance of the week-end with most 
houses reporting waiting lines. 

Fineman-Shapiro Buy 
C. S. Philbrook Theater 

Pittsburgh — Fineman & Shapiro 
who now operate five film theaters 
in this city and nearby towns, and 
who recently took over the Sherrod 
Temple in Sheraden, a suburb, which 
they are converting into a 1000 seat 
theater, have also purchased the 
Sheraden Theater from C. S. Phil- 
brook. Sale is effective Sept. 1. 

Seek Possession of Ritz 

Indianapolis — A suit claiming un- 
paid rent and asking immediate pos- 
session of the Ritz Theater real es- 
tate, and $10,000 damages was filed 
in Superior Court, by Mr. and Mrs. 
Oscar Markun, owners. Defendants 
are Oral C. Stewart, Indianapolis 
Ritz Theater Co., receiver; Charles 
M. Olson, company stockholder; 
Jean D. Marks and William A. Bren- 

GlaspeU Novel to Columbia 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Columbia has bought 
Susan Glaspell's new novel, "The 
Morning is Near Us," and is angling 
for Irene Dunne to play the lead. 
B. P. Schulberg is set to produce. 

Berenson to Manage Club 

Chicago — Joe Berenson has been 
named manager of the Amusement 
Club with headquarters in the 
Stevens Hotel. Club is the successor 
to the old CAPA. 

Postal Clerk on Film Com. 

Milwaukee — Latest appointee to 
the Motion Picture Commission here 
by Mayor Carl F. Zeidler is Valen- 
tine J. Wells, a postal clerk. 

REVIEWS Of DCIII nLmSQoldwyii'sConiplainI 

Vs. Korda Dismissed 

"The Man Who Talked 
Too Much" 

with George Brent, Virginia Bruce, 

Richard Barthelmess 

Warners 75 Mins. 


A remake of "The Mouthpiece," this new 
Warner film will serve nicely as a general 
offering. In George Brent and Virginia 
Bruce the exhibitor has names with some 
exploitation value, and gangster pictures 
can always be effectively exploited. The 
story has been refurbished and a few new 
twists added to change it from its original 
form, but it is prone to drag in some places 
where punch action should have been in- 
jected. George Brent, Virginia Bruce, Wil- 
liam Lundigan, Brenda Marshall and Richard 
Barthelmess fill the top roles. Barthelmess 
as a gang leader, and George Tobias as a 
gangster muscle man, are particularly effec- 
tive. Vincent Sherman directed. 

Brent quits his job as assistant district at- 
torney when a boy he sent to the chair is 
proven innocent after the execution. He 
moves to cheap law offices and his faithful 
secretary, Miss Bruce, tags along with him. 
Things go badly until he sacrifices his ideals 
to work for Barthelmess, a gang leader. 
Shortly afterwards his brother, Lundigan, 
graduates from law school and he is made 
an associate in the firm. He soon learns 
the nature of Brent's business and doesn't 
like it. 

Finally, Lundigan turns over to the FBI 
evidence that will convict Barthelmess and 
some of his henchmen. Barthelmess frames 
Lundigan with a murder charge after Brent 
has broken with his brother over what he 
has done. Brent defends him, but loses. 
However, a fast finish saves Lundigan from 
the chair and puts the gang where it be- 

CAST: George Brent, Virginia Bruce, 
Brenda Marshall, Richard Barthelmess, Wil- 
liam Lundigan, George Tobias, John Litel, 
Henry Armetta, David Bruce, Clarence Kolb, 
Louis Jean Heydt, Marc Lawrence, Ed Stam- 
ley, Kay Sutton, Elliott Sullivan, Dick Rich, 
Phyllis Hamilton, John Ridgely, William For- 
rest, Maris Wrixon. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Edmund 
Grainger; Director, Vincent Sherman; 
Screenplay, Walter DeLeon and Tom Reed; 
From a play by F. J. Collins; Cameraman. 
Sid Hickox; Editor, Thomas Pratt. 


Hornell Council Imposes 
Billboard Tax and Fees 

Rochester — A 10-cents a square 
foot tax on billboards has been im- 
posed by the city council in nearby 
Hornell. Under provisions of the 
new law, billboard owners are re- 
quired to pay a 50 cent fee for an 
application, and a $2 license fee for 
each board in addition to the 10 
cents a square foot tax. 

A bond of $5,000 for each bill- 
board is also required to safeguard 
the city against any damage or suit 
which may arise from the granting 
of the license. One firm has 27 bill- 
boards in Hornell. 

"One Man's Law" 

with Don "Red" Barry, Janet Waldo, 

Dub Taylor 

Republic 57 Mins. 


Latest in the series Republic is producing 
with Don Barry, this one has punch, plenti- 
ful action and a fast pace. It will certainly 
please the horse opera and action fans as 
guns bark and fists fly continuously through- 
out the picture. Barry is supported by Janet 
Waldo, his faithful sidekick, Dub Taylor, 
George Cleveland, Edmund Cobb and Rex 
Lease, latter two the principal villains in 
the piece. George Sherman directs the 
picture with an eye to continuous action, 
and he succeeds admirably. 

Barry and Taylor ride into the town of 
Trailcross, with Taylor boosting Barry as a 
demon gun thrower. The citizens are natur- 
ally afraid of him and want to get rid of 
him, but after Cobb's gang make a lot, of 
trouble and Barry chases them out of town 
they make him marshal. Cobb, unknown 
as the gangleader, has two henchmen ride 
with Barry when he goes to another town to 
deposit the citizens' share of the money 
which will bring the railroad to the town. 
Slugged and robbed, Barry has quite a time 
before he recovers the money, uncovers 
Cobb and cleans matters up in general. 

CAST: Don "Red" Barry, Janet Waldo, 
George Cleveland, Dub Taylor, Edmund 
Cobb, Dick Elliot, J. H. McNamara, Robert 
Frazer, Rex Lease, E. Peil, Sr., Snowflake. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer and Direc- 
tor, George Sherman; Original Screenplay, 
Bennett Cohen and Jack Natteford; Camera- 
man, Reggie Lanning; Editor, L. Orlebeck. 


"The Golden Trail" 

with Tex Ritter, Slim Andrews, Ina Guest 
Monogram 52 Mins. 


Fans who have picked Tex Ritter as their 
leading western idol will probably like this 
film, but it falls below the mark in sev- 
eral respects. The story is sketchy, tele- 
graphs every piece of action and perform- 
ances are definitely amateurish as a whole. 
Ritter is supported by his sidekick, Slim 
Andrews, Ina Guest, Patsy Moran, Gene 
Alsace and Stanley Price. Al Herman di- 

Ritter and Andrews ride up too late to 
prevent the murder of a miner by a maraud- 
ing gang. Tex and Slim strike pay dirt, and 
the gang attempts to steal their claim. 
Evidence is planted on Ritter which causes 
his arrest as the gang leader. The jail is 
blown up by the gang to eliminate Ritter, 
but he and Andrews escape, clean up the 
gang and clear themselves. Audiences will 
get a lot of laughs from some of the situa- 
tions and dialogue. 

CAST: Tex Ritter, Slim Andrews, Ina 
Guest, Patsy Moran, Gene Alsace, Stanley 
Price, Warner Richmond, Eddie Dean. 

CREDITS: Producer, Ed Finney; Director, 
Al Herman; Original Screenplay, Rolland 
Lynch; Cameraman, Marcel Le Picard; Ed- 
itor, Russell Schoengarth. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

days to amend his complaint agains 1 
UA so as to separately state ant 
number three different distinct causes 
of action against that company. 
Judge Leibell said that Goldwyn was 
seeking three forms of relief, w^* ' \ 
were, an injunction, to be effec 
until September, 1945, to restrain 
UA from interfering with the dis- 
tribution of Goldwyn's films, and to I 
recognize Goldwyn's notice of can- 
cellation of his UA contract; to com- 
pel an accounting for moneys al- 
legedly due to Goldwyn for distribu- 
tion; and finally for damages for 
charged interference with the dis- 
tribution of Goldwyn's motion pic- 
ture "The Westerner." 

Additionally, the opinion held that 
Korda, regardless of the dismissal, 
must appear on a deposition before 
trial to be arranged by his attorneys 
at such time as Korda may be in New 
York. Ground for this ruling was 
the Court's conclusion that Korda 
was an essential witness in the ac- 

UA lost an application for an order 
to direct Goldwyn to file a bill of 
particulars to his complaint, Judge 
Leibell stating, that the information 
could be obtained by interrogatories. 

Another application by UA to 
strike out certain paragraphs in the 
complaint was granted in part, and 
denied in part. The Court upheld 
UA's claim that characterization of 
the relationship between Goldwyn 
and UA as "fiduciary" was not prop- 
erly part of the complaint. 

Steuer Says Goldwyn Del. 
Suit Likely to Be Dropped 

Suit of Sam Goldwyn against UA, 
et al, filed in Federal Court in Dela- 
ware in all likelihood will be 
dropped by Goldwyn, Max Steuer, 
counsel for the producer, stated on 

Steuer said he was inclined to 
trust to the pending New York ac- 
tion inasmuch as it was much broad- 
er and designed to give Goldwyn 
more complete relief than was possi- 
ble through the Delaware litigation. 

Commenting on the decisions elim- 
inating Korda and London Films as 
defendants, Steuer observed it had 
always been Goldwyn's contention 
that they should have been omitted, 
and that they had been named in 
the New York suit only because of 
the Delaware lower court's decision. 

New Haven Population Off 

New Haven— The 1940 New Hav- 
en census figures show a population 
of 160,257, representing a 1.5 per 
cent decrease since 1930. Towns 
showing an increase include: Ridge- 
field, Danbury, Westpoi't, Williman- 
tic, Putnam, and Windham. 

Acts Set for State Lake 

Chicago — Estelle Taylor and War- 
ren Hymer will come into the State 
Lake on the heels of Cab Calloway's 
ork, current; in turn, they'll give 
way to Ray Cummings' band. 


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iternational in Scope 
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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

DL. 78, NO. 6 




^ewsreels May Pool for So. American Coverage 

rrangement Under Dis- 
assion by Pathe, Para. 
nd Universal Reel Execs. 

Pathe, Paramount and Universal 
iwsreels have been discussing a 
oling arrangement for the cover- 
e of South American news. With 
irope regarded as a lost market, 
wsreel executives believe a new 
oduction source must be developed 
id greater stress is to be placed 

Latin American events. 
Meanwhile, a large number of 
wsreel men who had been assigned 
j the European war are returning 

the Manhattan which is scheduled 
( Continued on Page 6) 

5 Features Going 
efore Cameras 

est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Production, which 
pped to a low last week, stages a 
lick comeback this week, with 15 
• ctures scheduled to start shooting, 
ne roster: 

At Columbia: "Blondie Goes To 
he Country," with Penny Single- 
•n and Arthur Lake. 
! At RKO: Towne & Baker's "Lit- 
e Men," with Kay Francis, Jimmy 
ydon, Jack Oakie, George Ban- 
oft, Charles Esmond and Ann Gil- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Cleveland Operators Nix 
Vage Concession Request 

Cleveland — Overtures to the local 
perators union by indie subsequent- 
-in exhibs. for summer wage con- 
issions have been rejected. It du- 
licates last year's situation. 

First-runs this year asked no con- 

Only Old French Pix 
in Parisian Theaters 

Lisbon (By Cable) — French film the- 
aters are again operating, but according 
to word received here, bills are re- 
stricted to old French films, with Amer- 
ican features markedly missing. German 
features and propaganda newsreels are 
being shown in a special German Army 

Probation for Two 
In Stolen Pix Case 

The Copyright Protection Bureau 
las scored a second victory in Chi- 
?ago in its continuing drive to stamp 
out bootleg trafficking in stolen 
prints, it was disclosed yesterday by 
Jack H. Levin, Bureau's director of 

Case climaxed in a Windy City 
criminal court when A. J. Calderara, 
indie distrib., entered a guilty plea 
to a charge of receiving a print of 
Universal's "Sutter's Gold" as stolen 
property. At the same time, Walter 
Johnson, also of Chicago, pleaded 
guilty to being an accessory. 

Pleas were entered after the State 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Rep Soileau Withdraws 
La. Censorship Measure 

Baton Rouge, La. — Rep. Soileau 
has withdrawn his censorship meas- 
ure from the Louisiana House. Un- 
der the terms of the bill, the censor 
department would have been placed 
under the State Department of Edu- 
cation. Licensing fee would have 
been $4 a thousand feet or less. 

Equity Suit Conferees Unable to Agree, Submit Two 
Separate Reports; General Meeting Today Will 
Consider Conflicting Proposals, Seek Solution 

Special committees delegated in the Government's equity suit 
to discuss both block-booking and blind-selling of films have 
failed to agree upon remedial provisions, and have submitted 

two separate reports on these sub- 
jects, it was learned yesterday from 
reliable sources. These conflicting 
proposals will be considered at a 
general meeting today in an effort 
to reach some solution, it was 

The trial of the suit was adjourn- 
ed one week to July 15 by Federal 
Juds'e Henry W. Goddard yesterday 
on the request of J. Stephen Doyle, 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Gary Theater Will 
Appeal Trust Suit 

Chicago — Gary Theater Corp. has 
filed notice through its attorney, Al- 
bert Gavitt, that it will appeal the 
pdverse anti-trust decision last 
March to the Federal Circuit Court 
of Appeals. V. U. Young, president 
of the Gary companv, said the ap- 
peal would be carried to the Fall 
meeting of the three-man court. 

Suit originally was filed in July, 
1938, in the Federal Court here and 
came to trial before Judge Holly who 
ruled in favor of the distributors. 

Kolorama Reorganization 
Receives Courat Approval 

Irvington, N. J. — Reorganization 
f Kolorama Laboratories, Inc., 
-olor television firm, has been ap- 
proved by Vice Chancellor Stein. 
Court also has rejected bids of $4,- 
028 made June 3 at receiver's sale 
"nd instructed Receiver Herbert J. 
Hannoch to return the property to 
he concern's officers. 

Under the new financial steup, the 
-ompany will pay the receiver $1,250 
as fee and $710 as expenses. He 
was appointed January 11. Claims 

(Continued on Page 3) 

J, L & S and B&K 
Cut Prices in Loop 

Chicago — First Loop price cuts are in 
effect. Jones, Linick & Schaefer circuit 
cut prices at its Oriental Theater to 
25 cents for afternoon shows and 40 
cents for evening shows, with tax addi- 
tional. This is a drop of 15 cents. Bal- 
aban & Katz has met the cut with a 
similar reduction at the State Lake The- 

Goldwyn Prod'n Plans Off 

Story Properties May Be Offered to Others 

Survey Shows 500 Films 
Playing at World's Fair 

With the New York World's Fair 
in full swing, the motion picture de- 
partment, headed by Claude R. Col- 
lins, has made a survey showing 
that nearly 500 motion pictures are 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Samuel Goldwyn has abandoned 
all production plans for an indefinite 
period. It is reported that he has 
informed persons close to him that 
he will not attempt to make another 
picture until his United Artists suit 
is clarified and the European situa- 
tion is defined. 

It is reported that Goldwyn has 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Hammons Planning 
Feature Production 

E. W. Hammons plans to return to 
active production shortly as a fea- 
ture producer. The former Educa- 
tional and Grand National head has 
several stories under consideration 
and expects to leave for the Coast 
late this week to select players, a di- 
rector and production staff. Deals 
with important major companies are 
reported to be awaiting the organ- 
ization of the unit. First picture 
probably will be made in the East. 

"Stars Look Down" or 
"Boom Town" for Astor? 

"The Stars Look Down" and "Boom 
Town" are being considered for the 
Astor Theater, Broadway, following 
the run of "Gone With the Wind." 
While GWTW is slated to be with- 
drawn from the nation's screens at 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Rainy Day Matinees 
During the Summer 

Sound View, Conn. — The Strand, one 
of Connecticut's three Summer houses 
in operation this year, has been opened 
by John S. P. Glackin with one show 
nightly and matinees on rainy days only. 
Admission is 15-30 cents. The New 
Colony, formerly the Cinema, was opened 
by Adolph C. Johnson, of the Strand, 
Hamden, and Albert Poulton, for showing 
of exploitation pictures. "Ecstasy" is 
being held a second week. 



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Loew's Thea. Realty 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45. 63V 2 65'/ 2 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

"U" Sets Three for August 

Universal has set three features 
for August release. "Diamond Fron- 
tier," formerly "Modern Monte 
Cristo," goes out on the 2nd. "Boys 
From Syracuse," Jules Levey's first 
"U" production, on the 9th and 
"Hired Wife" on the 16th. 

Prudential Shorts Series 20th-Fox Players East 
To be Made in Magnacolor For "Maryland" Ballyhoo 

With a deal set to distribute their 
"Living Hall Of Fame" shorts 
through Columbia, Edmund L. Dorf- 
man, prexy, and Harry Hirshfield, 
vice-president, of the American In- 
stitute of Motion Pictures have or- 
ganized Prudential Pictures, Inc., for 
the purpose of making two addition- 
al series of shorts to augment their 
LHOF series, it was learned yestei'- 

Two new series, with 12 scheduled 
in each one, will be made in Mag- 
nacolor and will be entitled "Know 
Your America" and "At Home 
Abroad." Former series will use a 
quiz technique, and will center 
around the historical aspects of 
American cities. Production of the 
first short in the "Know Your Amer- 
ica" series will start in Washington 
in the near future, it was said. It 
is expected that a major release for 
the latter two series will be closed 

William Allen White and his son 
will be featured in the first short in 
the LHOF series, also scheduled to 
go into work shortly. The "At Home 
Abroad" series will show people, 
buildings and places in this coun- 
try so similar to their native scene 
that it will be hard to tell the dif- 

British Call to Colors 
Affects Richard Greene 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Checkup yesterday 
shows Richard Greene the only im- 
portant film player of British na- 
tionality affected by the order of 
the British Embassy in Washington 
directing actors between 18 and 31 
to return to England for military 
service. Greene is under contract 
to 20th-Fox. 

ATAHT Will be Singled 
In Wis. WB, Fox Houses 

Milwaukee — Marking the first break 
from the prevailing duals policy in 
this territory, all Warner and Fox 
houses will play Warners' ATAHT 
as a single feature program. Pix 
has been booked in the Warner The- 
ater here for a two-week run start- 
ing Thursday. 

Sears on Stratoliner's 
Maiden Flight to Coast 

Grad Sears, Warners' general sales 
manager, left last night on the mai- 
den East-to-West voyage of TWA's 
stratoliner for the Burbank studios, 
where he will confer with H. M. 
Warner, Jack L. Warner, Hal B. 
Wallis and Charles Einfeld on the 
new season's product. Sears will be 
gone about 10 days. 

Brock Discussing Score Here 

Lou Brock, RKO producer, is in 
town to discuss the score of his next 
picture, "They Met in Argentina," 
with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz 
Hart, who will write the music. Pro- 
duction starts in September. 

Twentieth-Fox's ballyhoo for Wed- 
nesday's world premiere of "Mary- 
land" in Baltimore opens today 
when Tyrone Power, Brenda Joyce, 
Nancy Kelly and Herman Wobber, 
general manager of distribution, ar- 
rive here from the Coast on the 
TWA stratoliner. The players will 
leave New York almost immediately 
for Baltimore, and Wobber also goes 
to Maryland today. 

Gov. Herbert R. O'Connor will 
meet the stars on arrival in Balti- 
more and later in the day they will 
be welcomed at the City Hall by 
Mayor Howard Jackson. A Paddock 
Dinner will be staged tonight at Al- 
fred Gwynne Vanderbilt's Sagamore 
Farms, and Miss Joyce will be made 
an honorary governor of Maryland. 
Tomorrow, the players will be guests 
at a luncheon at the Executive Man- 
sion. Station WFBR will cover the 
dual premiere tomorrow night at 
the New and Center theaters. 

Charles E. McCarthy, William 
Sussman, Rodney Bush, Earl Win- 
gart, William Chambliss and Eddie 
Solomon will also go from the home 
office for the premiere. 

Slater May Succeed 
Gatelee as IA N. E. Rep. 

Springfield, Mass. — No successor 
to John F. Gatelee as business agent 
of the Motion Picture Machine Op- 
erators' Union Local 186 will be se- 
lected until the regular annual meet- 
ing of the union in December, it is 
learned here. In the interim, the 
union's business will be handled by 
the union's executive board. 

Herbert Slater, business agent of 
the Providence Operators' Union, is 
prominently mentioned as a succes- 
sor to Gatelee as New England rep- 
resentative of the IATSE. 

Selection of the latter will be 
made by the international president. 

Massey, Howard, Bergner 
In British-Canadian Film? 

London (By Air Mail) — Produc- 
tion of a movie depicting Canada's 
co-operation with Great Britain in 
the war is announced by the British 
Ministry of Information. Film, 
which will be directed by Michael 
Powell, is described as a wartime 
story of adventure in Canada. 

Raymond Massey, Leslie Howard 
and Elisabeth Bergner have been 
provisionally chosen to play leading 

The announcement says the Can- 
adian Government had been con- 
sulted and that its "approval and 
assistance were immediately forth- 

"Rebecca," "House Across 
the Bay," B & K Dual Bill 

Chicago — B & K is dualling "Re- 
becca" and "House Across the Bay" 
in 11 nabes day and date; 12th nabe 
has "Rebecca" and "Lone Wolf 
Meets a Lady." 

COmiM and Gome 

RODCERS arrived in Hollywood yesterday 
New York for huddles on the Metro lot. 

N. L. NATHANSON, president of Fam 
Players Canadian, is here trom Canada on bi 

PAULETTE GODDARD are due in this/' 
on the first New York flight of TWT 

HOWARD DIETZ returns to New York toi 
or tomorrow after a studio visit. 

JACK MERSEREAU has returned to Hollywi 
after a New York visit. 

JAMES E. STROOCK left yesteray for a s 
week stay on the Coast. 

CRAD SEARS left last night on TWA's fi 
Coastbound Stratoliner flight. 

E. H. GRIFFITH is here from Hollywood 
a short stay on business. 

MADELEINE CARROLL arrives from Euro 
on the Yankee Clipper tomorrow. 

Korda's attorney, are also New York arrivi \ 
today on the Stratoliner. 

HAROLD SMITH, MPPDA representative j 
Paris, and his family, sail from Lisbon Thursd 
on the Manhattan for New York. 

CHARLES REPASS, operator of Crown, Har 
ford, Conn., and family are motoring to Colun 
bus to visit with son Robert, who plays on tl 
Columbus nine. 

LEO SPITZ, RKO special counsel, has goi 
to the West Coast on both a month's busine 
and vacation trip. 

RUD LORENZ, Warners' Chicago distri. l 
manager, is spending his vacation at Land 
Lakes, Wis. 

ALLEN SPARROW, manager of Loew's Ricr 
mond, Richmond, and his brother, BOYD ' 
SPARROW, assistant at Loew's, Wilmingtoi 
are vacationing at Miami Beach. 

SAMUEL GERMAINE, 20th-Fox booking man 
ager at New Haven, is Vacationing in Bostoi I 

MATT SAUNDERS, Loew-Poli, Bridgeport man 1 
ager, is off for his Summer leave in home cit) , 

H. F. REVES, FILM DAILY Detroit staff cor ' 
respondent, is in town to see the Fair. 

PATRICIA MORISON leaves Friday for per; 
sonal appearances in Buffalo and Boston. 

BRIAN DONLEVY leaves Hollywood toda 
for a cross-country tour of pre-release showing 
of Paramount's "The Great McGinty." 

EDITH HEAD, Paramount fashion designer I 
is in town with Madeleine Carroll's "Virginia' 

PAULETTE GODDARD arrives at LaCuardi, 
Field today on the inaugural trip of the TW^ '. 
Stratoliner. She flies back tonight. 

LOU BROCK, RKO producer, is here froir 
the Coast. 


producer who made "Monte 
Cristo" and "My Son, My 
Son!" now brings you another 
memorable hit,? 

See Page 6 

rsday, July 9, 1940 


jck-Booking and 
ind-Selling Split 

tinned f ■ om Page 1 ) 
pal Assistant Attorney General, 
informed Judge Goddard that 
conference held last week pro- 
Ids of several committees had 
: i placed before the litigants with 
understanding that they would be 
^"•ered by Government and film 

I ny officials. Representatives 
fl companies and the D of J will 

■>rt back today at the scheduled 
? erence. These proposals refer 
clearance and overbuying. 

II effoi'ts are being made, it was 
:, to speed up the conferences 
r the holiday postponement. No 
:her adjournments are expected 
:ng the Summer, and if a decree 
drafted that is satisfactory to 

jp sides it is expected to be im- 
liately submitted for judicial ap- 
val regardless of whether Judge 
dard is on vacation or not. At- 
leys pointed out that any Fed- 
judge is authorized to pass on 

: was reported yesterday by re- 
ifle sources that Allied is receiv- 
reports and information on the 
rse that the discussions take. Al- 
no longer is adamant on the 
'ject of divorcement and will wel- 
te an enforceable trade practice 
e of aid to its membership, it 
; said. 

arbitration is being discussed 
ther with the question of what 
■ustry members will be able to 
e recourse to arbitration and how 
itration is to be enforced as the 
af subjects of discussion. Fees 
essary to finance arbitration, it 
understood, will be paid by par- 
pants in disputes, with a prob- 
lity that a similar system to the 
i suggested by the D of C, fixed 
a seating capacity of a theater, 
1 be finally adopted. 

tars Look Down" or 
oom Town" for Astor? 


(Continued from Payc 1) 

end of this month, the picture 
y continue at the Astor until a 
ision on its successor is reached, 
vteanwhile, GWTW continues to 
Jiw heavy patronage at the Broad- 
ly theater. Last week's gross 
s reported to have been $9,500, 
ereas the take for the same week 
June was $6,900. 


with PHIL M. DALYi 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • NATION-WIDE survey of literature for the screen 

will be conducted at Summer classes of 150 universities and col- 
leges by Dr. Frank C. Baxter and Prof. Warren Scott of the U.S.C. 

and John Cromwell Survey is designed to single out classics 

for production determine preferences as to types of pictures 

and spotlight chief objections to present films Which somehow 

suggests the question Does the shrinkage in American film at- 
tendance during recent years represent a loss in patronage 

by the intelligentsia or a defection on the part of the so-called 

mass-audience? Find the answer to that and you might have 

the solution to innumerable industry problems 

T T T 

• • • ODD "SITUATIONS": Should circumstance find 

you around Ephraim, Wis., which is some 25 miles north o' 

Sturgeon Bay you'll find a unique movie house — a 280- 

seater (more than the town's population) This situation shows 

fir si-class attractions and gets 'em real early, too Each 

day's gross is in very capable hands — those of the local post- 

master who counts the "take" The P.O. is right in the 

theater lobby and, on the opposite side, is the village library 

The postmaster besides having on his hands the "revenue 

stamp" is obliging enough to also serve as door tender for the 

little theater 

T T ▼ 

• • • COMES Cleveland with the claim to the largest film 

audience in the world a vast crowd of 80.000 which assembled 

in the city's Public Stadium for the Festival of Freedom program 

Included was Warners' patriotic featurette "The Bill of Rights" 

shown on a 50 by 75 foot screen and requiring a throw of 

475 feet termed a record Equipment was installed under the 

direction of L. H. Walters, National Theater Supply local manager 

and Dr. E. B. Brady and A. B. Bosworth, Altec engineers 

Gold wyn's Production 
Plans Reported Off 

(Continued from Page 1) 
allowed his priority on a story of the 
Mayo Brothers to lapse. His other 
properties, including "The Little 
Foxes," may be offered to other pro- 
ducers. Most of his contract players 
and production crew already have 
been loaned out to other studios. 

Ed Stein, Goldwyn's Eastern pub- 
licity representative, has withdrawn 
frcm the New York office. 

Say Two Detroit Price 
Cuts Not Due to Taxes 

Detroit — Price cuts to 20 cents 
at the Virginia Park and the Presi- 
dent here are due, not to the newly 
imposed Federal admission tax, but 
to a situation resulting from clear- 
ance and late availabilities, it is 

"New Moon" Held for Second 

Cleveland — Loew's State is hold- 
ing "New Moon" for a second week. 
This is only the third picture 
ever held two weeks at this theater. 
The others were "San Francisco" and 

Kolorama Reorganization 
Receives Court's Approval 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of officers for $177,003, representing 
outlay in experiments have been 
withdrawn. Outside claims of $5,103 
will be paid, 10 per cent within the 
year and 30 per cent each year for 
thp next three 

Officers who will provide $4,000 
additional capital are Donald Jacocks 
of Montclair, president; Frank J. 
Damis of East Orange, secretary; 
Emily A. Kern of South Orange, 
vice-president, and George P. Skou- 
ras, president of Skouras Theaters 
Corp., treasurer. 

Altec Moving In Cincy 

Cincinnati — Tomorrow is Moving 
Day for Altec's district manager 
Warren Conner, and staff, whose of- 
fices have been moved from 617 
Vine St. to larger quarters in the 
Film-Mart Building at 1635 Central 

Rubin Wins PDC Prize 

Cleveland — ■ Bernard Rubin, local 
PDC office manager, won first prize 
of $100 in the May-June Lee Gold- 
berg 25th anniversary sales drive. 

Probation for Two 
In Stolen Pix Case 

(Continued from Page 1) 

had completed its case. Judge Erin 
Hasten, suspending sentence, placed 
Calderara on probation for three 
months after his counsel made a 
plea for leniency, pointing out it 
was his first offense and that he had 
promised to quit the business. John- 
son also won leniency, being placed 
on probation for six months. 

The Cpyright Protection Bureau 
picked up this print, among other 
stolen and duped film, in New York 
City last October. Harold L. Groves, 
in charge of the Bureau's field in- 
vestigations, traced the "Sutter's 
Gold" print to a bootleg distributor 
in Rochester, who admitted having 
purchased it from an independent 
distributor in Chicago, naming Cal- 

Transferring the investigation to 
Chicago, the evidence was turned 
over by Groves to Lieut. Harry M. 
Costello and Detective L. S. White 
of Chicago's Crime Prevention Bu- 
reau, who thereupon picked up Wal- 
ler Johnson and questioned him. 
Johnson admitted that he stole the 
print from the Public theater and, 
after keeping it under cover for 
three years, disposed of it to Calde- 

Mass. Theater Manager 
Fined for "Ten-o-Win" 

North Adams, Mass. — Francis J. 
Faille, manager of the Paramount 
Theater, was fined $100 in district 
court on charge of setting up and 
promoting a lottery. Game involved 
was Ten-o-Win. Judge John E. Ma- 
genis permitted the defendant to 
inter a plea of nolo, changing a 
previous plea of not guilty. The 
court ordered the "gaming imple- 
ments'' seized on the Paramount 
premises in a state police raid sev- 
eral weeks ago, forfeited to the 
commonwealth, suggesting an ap- 
peal for a Superior Court ruling. It 
was taken. 

Lemke-Nelson Plan Circuit 

Antioch, 111. — Lemke-Nelson in- 
terests have acquired the Crystal 
here as the hub for a new circuit. 


is a 





Radio City Music 
Hall hits biggest 
July 4th since open- 
ing of house eight 
years ago! First day 
is exactly $ 6000 ahead 
of Robin Hood'! The 
film that did it is 




That's the way things are n 
will be from now on —if you 

JACK L. WARNER, In Charge of Pro 


Biggest July 4th 
ince opening of 
farner Theatre nine 
ears ago! Better than 
our Daughters' by 
00 - bigger than 
ighting 69th' by *200! 
he film that did it is 





er "s -p- Salter » *><f P 

"" Pi, 

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j-and that's the way things 
wre a Warner Bros, contract! 

, .in 5, WALLIS, Executive Producer 



Tuesday, July 9, 1940 

Newsreels May Pool 
for S. A. Coverage 

(Continued from Page 1) 

to sail momentarily from Lisbon. 
Other American film men are said to 
have booked passage on the same 

Korda to be Examined 
Thursday in UA Action 

Federal Judge Vincent L. Leibell 
yesterday signed an order directing 
Alexander Korda, in behalf of him- 
self and as head of London Film Pro- 
ductions, Ltd., to submit to examina- 
tion before trial at 10:30 a.m. Thurs- 
day in the Federal Courthouse here 
in reference to Samuel Goldwyn's 
suit against United Artists. Korda, 
under the terms of the order, is to 
produce a comprehensive list of 
agreements, records and correspond- 
ence referring to his relations with 
both United Artists and London 

"Andy Hardy" Does It Again 

In its first 25 key city openings 
"Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" is 
topping all previous Hardy Family 
films as well as "Babes in Arms," 
M-G-M reported yesterday. This 
follows on the heels of unusual 
"New Moon" biz, which the new 
Hardy picture is also exceeding. 

RCA Rep. Killed in Action 

London (By Air Mail) — Kenneth 
Norman Wright, former Scottish 
sales representative for RCA Pho- 
tophone, was killed in active service 
with the British armed forces. 

Garrett-Smith to Direct Sandy 

West Coast Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Otis Garrett and Paul 
Gerard Smith will direct the new 
Baby Sandy picture, "Fireman, Save 
My Child," for Universal. They re- 
cently directed "Margie." 


produced "The Count ot Monte Crista," 
"The Man in the Iron Mask," "My Son, 
My Son!" and other big money pictures. 
He now presents the most spectacular 
South Seas adventure-romance ever 
filmed . . . 


'outh or 




Columbus Second-Runs Single-Featuring Pix 

Previously Used by Circuit House on Duals 

Columbus — Indies here are proving that not only can quality pix be single fea- 
tured, but that they can be profitably thus presented despite the fact that they pre- 
viously have been double featured at an affiliated circuit's first-runs. Among recent 
pictures which, after dualling, were shown in the 30-day houses on a single feature 
basis are "Strange Cargo," "Northwest Passage," "Grapes of Wrath" and "Rebecca." 

Survey Shows 500 Films 
Playing at World's Fair 

{Continued from Page 1) 

being shown in the various exhibits 
on the grounds. Most of the pic- 
tures, 365, are 35 mm. sound films, 
with 104 listed as 16 mm., some 
sound and some silent. Total this 
year is said to be slightly below last 
year's figure, but quality is rated 

Subject matter ranges from docu- 
mentaries to two-hour productions 
and Collins estimates that to see 
all the films, a person would have 
to spend every day of the full fair 
operating time viewing nothing but 
films. Many of the subjects are 
in color. 

Foreign pavilions are the biggest 
users of screen time. Survey indi- 
cates 368 films being shown, of 
which 321 are 35 mm. and 47 are 
16 mm. Commercial exhibits are 
using 73 motion pictures, of which 
44 are 35 mm. and 29 are 16 mm. 
Various state buildings are showing 
a total of 28 films, all 16 mm. 

Mary Pickford Heads 
Women's R. C. Pix Com. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Mary Pickford, new- 
ly appointed chairman of Women's 
Red Cross Committee for the motion 
picture industry, will hold a meet- 
ing with 75 leading actresses, writers 
and wives of actors, producers, writ- 
ers and directors. Chairman Samuel 
Goldwyn of the industry's general 
committee announced that his com- 
mittee will also take care of national 
allied relief fund, thus making the 
committee the central authority for 
all war relief contacts with studios 
until a permanent world peace is 

J. M. Trefry Stricken 

Yarmouth, N. S.— J. M. Trefry, 
68, of the Yarmouth Theater & 
Amusement Co., operating the local 
Capitol, died suddenly from a heart 

"American Way" Abandoned? 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Max Gordon and 
Harry Goetz are reported to have 
given up the idea of filming "The 
American Way," and are now con- 
ferring with Jerome Kern for pic- 
ture rights to "Very Warm for May." 

Marie Wilson Cast in "Virginia" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Marie Wilson has been 
assigned an important role in "Vir- 
ginia," her first major role since 
"Boy Meets Girl." 

Bell & Howell Open Parley 

Chicago — Bell & Howell opened a 
three-day sales convention at the 
Edgewater Beach yesterday. 

Korda, TWA Stratoliner 
Tie-up to Plug "Thief" 

West Cdast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Alexander Korda and 
TWA, with Russell Birdwell and 
Associates as the intermediary, have 
joined hands in what sizes up as one 
of 1940's biggest publicity tie-ups. 
It calls for the designation of TWA's 
new stratoliner flight between Los 
Angeles and New York as the 
"flying carpet," a smart plug for 
Korda's "Thief of Bagdad." The pro- 
ducer and his counsel, Basil Bleck, 
arrive in New York today on the 
first West-to-East stratoliner flight. 
Sabu and June Duprez of the film's 
cast will christen the ship in Chi. 
later this month. 

CCC Strikers Return 

To Job as Truce is Reached 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — A truce has been 
established between producers and 
labor representatives whereby the 
Central Casting Corp. strikers have 
returned to their jobs. Negotiations 
on unsettled points will be resumed 
with Pat Casey of the Hays office 
and Elma Goodwin, president of 
American Federation of Office Em- 
ployes, the chief representatives of 
respective sides. Unsettled points 
are set to deal with restoration of 
the 10 per cent pay cut to certain 
casting directors, seniority rights, 
maximum hours for casting directors 
with the union approving a 40-hour 

Both La. Houses Okay Bill 
Raising Censors' Pay 

Baton Rouge, La. — One of Louisi- 
ana's two new censorship bills got 
past both houses as the House of 
Representatives yesterday voted fa- 
vorably on Senate bill 207 which pro- 
vides a pay increase for censors from 
$5 to $10 a sitting and makes minor 
other changes in the present unen- 
forced law. This bill, which has al- 
ready passed the Senate now awaits 
the signature of Governor Jones. 

Signe Hasso Gets Role 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Signe Hasso, Swedish 
actress signed by RKO, will make 
her American debut in the Gene 
Towne-Graham Baker picture, "How 
to Meet a Man." She is due to ar- 
rive in this country Aug. 15. 

Ernst Lubitsch Signs Two 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood ■ — Ernst Lubitsch has 
signed Melvyn Douglas and Merle 
Oberon for "Divorces," a screen ver- 
sion of the old Sardou play, "Divor- 
cons." Production will be made in 
association with Sol Lesser. 


"Pride And Prejudice" 

with Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, 

Mary Boland 

Metro 15714 Mins. 


Audiences generally should enjoy this tf 
thoroughly. It has been given a top no 
production value, the cast is excellent from 
the top names to the smallest bit, and di- 
rector Robert Z. Leonard guides the play- 
ers through their paces with a completely 
sympathetic understanding of the story. Pro- 
ducer Hunt Stromberg has spared no ex- 
pense in costumes, backgrounds and all 
the other incidentals which give the picture 
a ring of authenticity, and the research de- 
partment has faultlessly re-created an Eng- 
land of a by-gone era. 

Greer Garson is splendid as the eldest 
daughter of Mary Boland and Edmund 
Gwenn. She neatly shades her performance 
so that it is sparklingly alive, but subdued 
at the same time. Miss Boland and Gwenn 
are excellent as the parents of the story's 
five daughters, she a talkative shop keep- 
er's daughter, and Gwenn the personification 
of a refined and quiet-spoken country 

Laurence Olivier complements Miss Gar- 
son's performance, co-sharing the starring 
honors with a smooth and able characteriza- 
tion of a well-bred English gentleman who 
puts caste above everything else. Maureen 
O'Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Heather Angel 
and Marsha Hunt neatly fill the roles of 
the other four daughters. Melville Cooper 
and Edna May O.iver, are certain to 
get a lot of laughs with fine performances, 
Karen Morley, Bruce Lester, Frieda Ines- 
cort and E. E. Clive are among the play- 
ers in the strong supporting cast. 

Exhibitors have names to exploit, a well 
known story to sell as the general public 
is familiar with this Jane Austen story, and 
on top of that, the picture itself has pathos, 
charm and lots of humor — the idea in escap- 
ist entertainment — all of which should make 
it doubly easy to put the picture over. The 
picture is a credit to Metro, and it should 
do well at the box office for both the ex- 
hibitors and distributor. 

The story itself concerns the scheming 
of Miss Boland to marry off her daughters, 
and eventually all is well when Olivier and 
Lester marry Miss Garson and Miss O'Sul- 
livan respectively, after their prejudices 
about caste are tossed aside and the girl's 
pride is mollified. 

^Exhibitors can safely recommend the 
picture for all types of audiences, and be 
sure there will be no kickbacks from the 
fans about their recommendations. 

CAST: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, 
Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn, Mary 
Boland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ann Ruther- 
ford, Frieda Inescort, Karen Morley, Heather 
Angel, Marsha Hunt, Bruce Lester, Edward 
Ashley, Melville Cooper, Marten Lamont, 
E. E. Clive, May Beatty, Marjorie Wood. 

CREDITS: Producer, Hunt Stromberg; Di- 
rector, Robert Z. Leonard; Screenplay, Al- 
dous Huxley and Jane Murfin; Based on 
Helen Jerome's dramatization of the Jane 
Austen novel; Cameraman, Karl Freund; 
Editor, Robert J. Kern. 


Tuesday. July 9, 1940 


15 Features Going 
Before Cameras 

(Continued fiom Page 1) 

lis; "Stunt Man," with Linda Hayes 

and Kent Taylor; "Mexican Spitfire 

'Out West," with Lupe Velez, Leon 

Errol and Donald Woods. 

At M-G-M: "Dr. Kildare Goes 
iiime," with Lionel Barrymore, Lew 
rlVes, Laraine Day and Nat Pen- 
•Liton; "The Philadelphia Story," 
with Cary Grant, Katharine Hep- 
burn, James Stewart, Mary Nash 
and Lionel Pape; "Third Finger- 
Left Hand," starring Myrna Loy, 
with Bonita Granville, Ann Morriss 
and May MeAvoy. 

At 20th Century-Fox: "Yester- 
day's Heroes," with Jean Rogers, 
Ted North, Robert Sterling and 
Lewis Howard. 

At Warner Bros.: Capra-Riskin's 
"Meet John Doe," co-starring Gary 
Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, with 
Walter Brennan and Edward Ar- 
mold; "Santa Fe Trail," co-starring 
Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havil- 
land with Raymond Massey and 
Dennis Morgan; "Honeymoon for 
Three' with Ann Sheridan, George 
Brent, Osa Massen, Charles Ruggles 
and Jane Wyman. 

At Universal: "Ragtime Cowboy 
Joe," with Johnny Mack Brown, 
Fuzzv Knight and Neil O'Day. 

At' Republic: "The Girl From Ha- 

At Hal Roach: "Road Show," with 
Carole Landis, John Hubbard, 
Adolphe Menjou and Patsy Kelly for 
United Artists release. 

At Monogram: Geoi'ge W. Weeks' 
"Range Buster." 

"First Nighter's" Plan 
Calls for $1 Admission 

Chicago — Herb Ellisburg will start 
the First Nighter's Movie Circle at 
the new Studio theater next Mon- 
day. Plan calls for presentation of 
unusual pix, with $1 admission. On 
the following day, the Studio will 
inaugurate a series of book lectures. 


uet where native 
beautiei dance the jinuous meaturei of 

the "Dance of Lo 







Gilbert Roland, Edwin L. Marin, Solly 
Bainao, Stanley Briggs, Edmund Grainger, 
Wendy Barrie, Fred MacMurray, Martin 
Cornica, Charles Farrell, Harry McKee and 
Phil Moore were among the participants 
in the annual motion picture tennis tourna- 

• • 

SEVERAL years ago Vice-President Curtis 
came West to attend an Academy of 
M. P. Arts and Sciences banquet. At San 
Bernardino a crowd lined the station plat- 
form. The Vice-President walked through 
the crowd, shaking hands left and right. 
At the end of the platform were two un- 
shaven, raggedly dressed natives. The states- 
man shook hands with them and then walked 
back to the train. As he did so one of the 
two unshaven natives asked the other, 
"Who's dat guy?" "I don't know, but he 
seems to know us," was the answer. 

• • 

JOE BROWN, JR., (no relation to Joe E. 
Brown), has been signed to play the 
romantic lead opposite Jane Withers in 
"Youth Will be Served," at 20th Century- 

• • 

OUR Passing Show: Edward Arnold, Oliver 
Hardy, Billy Gilbert, George Murphy, 
Lewis Seiler, Jack Cummings, Al Ritz, Rube 
Wolf, Robert Paige, Alexander D'Arcy, Rob- 
ert Harari, George Folsey, Daniel B. Clark 
watching the Hollywood Stars and the Los 
Angeles Angels in action; Harry Ritz graci- 
ously posing for a snapshot with four fair 
femme fans at Universal City. 

• • 

STANLEY CORTEZ, who photographed 
"Alias the Deacon" and "Love, Honor 
and Oh, Baby," has completed the camera- 
work on "Margie," at Universal. 

• • 

JOHN STONE has opened negotiations 
with Jose Mojica, the opera star, with 
the possibility of starring him in a series 
of musical films in both English and Span- 
ish. Stone produced the films, in which 
Mojica starred for Fox in 1930, and one of 
these, "One Mad Kiss," is said to have been 
the biggest box-office attraction ever shown 
in the theaters of Mexico. Although Mojica 
occasionally stars in a Spanish picture made 
in Mexico City, he is devoting much of 
his time to developing the city of San 
Miguel, north of the Mexican capital, where 
he lives, into an important cultural center. 

• • 

ALBERT VON TILZER, who wrote "Take 
Me Out to the Ball Game," is one of 
the regular attendants at Gilmore field, home 
of the Hollywood Stars. 

• • 

JOHN SUTTON, handsome young American 
of British parentage, is playing a fea- 
tured role in "Charlie Chan in Washington," 
starring Sidney Toler. Sutton is a graduate 
of Wellington College and appeared with 
several repertory companies in England, be- 
fore returning to America, where he was 
' born. 



SAME PATH through 

adventure and trial to find 

the true happiness of life. 

JulyS, 1940 

To David O. Selznick and Other Leaders of the Industry: 

Please accept our thanks for the vision and courage manifested in your telegram, 
which we ask your indulgence to publish herein: 





Exhibitors are, indeed, grateful to men like Sam Goldwyn and yourself, who express 
their convictions and act accordingly. If all leaders follow the example of you two gentle- 
men, lawsuits and their resultant costs, expressed in money and time, would be avoided. 

No exhibitors can successfully follow Balaban & Katz deluxe house double-feature 

Waste of product on bookings like the above represents OVER-BUYING and UNFAIR 
CLEARANCE at their worst. Hollywood can't produce quality pictures like these on "assem- 
bly line" production — Let's husband our resources by offering the public single-features and 
appreciating their undoubted grateful response. 

The privilege of taking the PICK OF ALL PICTURES from ALL PRODUCERS and exhibit- 
ing these pictures on MULTIPLE-PROGRAMS, ahead of everybody else, can only exist UNDER 

The industry CAN and MUST find a way to eliminate the uneconomic waste of product, 
either by granting clearance based on single-features, by recognizing that double-features 
represent over-buying, or by some other means. 

If one of the great array of high-priced lawyers could evolve a legal means of eliminat- 
ing double-features, he should receive a special Academy Award for the greatest single 
contribution to the industry. 

BEFORE, listening to both world events and the ensuing presidential campaign, we will be 
fortunate if we have sufficient patronage for a two-hour show, let alone four and five-hour 



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Empire films okay for renters' quota 

Admish Tax Starting at Dime Seen By MPTOA 

Revision of Present Levy 
'robable by January, Says 
Cuykendall in Bulletin 

The newly imposed theater admis- 
tion tax probably will be revised 
ompletely by January when much 
eavier taxes will be levied, it was 
ndicated yesterday by Ed Kuyken- 
all, MPTOA president, in a gen- 
ral bulletin. Exemptions are like- 
y to be lowered to include 10-cent 
cales, Kuykendall said. 

Warning against lowering pres- 
nt scales to 20 cents in order to 
scape the tax, Kuykendall points 

(Continued on Page 8) 

MPTOA Trade Plan 
Jp At Suit Talks 

MPTOA's trade practice proposals 
.re among those being studied by 
onferees in the Government suit 
ettlement discussions, it was re- 
pealed in an MPTOA bulletin issued 
iy Ed Kuykendall yesterday. Other 
•lans being considered, it was said, 
>-ere the distributors' trade practice 
ode and the Department of Com- 
nerce proposals. 

The main problems of the discus- 
ions, Kuykendall asserts, are modi- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

3oast SPG Authorizes 
Affiliation With SPAG 

Screen Publicists Guild on the 
west Coast at a membership meet- 
ng Monday night by unanimous vote 
tuthorized affiliation with the Screen 
Publicists and Advertisers Guild 
lere, the latter's Executive Council 
vas advised yesterday. 
■ In accordance with the original 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Youngstown Pix Fans 
Applaud Federal Tax 

Youngsfown, 0. — They're applauding 
the new Federal admission tax in local 
theaters, according to E. C. Prinsen, 
prexy of the Theater Managers Associa- 
tion. Houses are using a screen slide 
which reads, "When You entered this 
theater, you paid a Federal defense tax. 
This money is used to re-arm these 
United States to protect our liberties." 


Or Serve 


Would Produce 

Edgar Bergen yesterday disclosed 
that he expected to appear in Globe- 
Mills coin-in-the-slot movies and 
that he was contemplating becom- 
ing a feature producer on his own. 

Bergen, who is in New York, said 
present plans called for his appear- 
ance with Charley McCarthy in a 
series of coin-in-slot shorts not only 
for James Roosevelt's organization 
but possibly other makers of such 

Picture deals have been discussed 
with both United Artists and RKO, 
Bergen said, adding that he would 
be either a co-producer or full pro- 
ducer of any pictures produced for 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Wm. Goldman to Operate 
In S-W Pooling Deal 

Philadelphia — Stanley - Warner 
circuit and William Goldman have 
completed a deal whereby operation 
of the S-W Germantown theater and 
the Goldman Bandbox theater, Ger- 
mantown, will be pooled with Gold- 
man operating. 

The Germantown which will be re- 
modelled and use 20th Century-Fox 
and Columbia pictures hitherto 
played at the Bandbox. Latter house 
will play repeat runs of first-run 

(Continued on Page 8) 

British Board of Trade Order Removes Major 
Obstacle to American Production in Canada, 
Australia; Monetary Quota Is Now Optional 

London (By Cable) — Bowing to continued pressure by the 
Dominions, the Board of Trade by an order in council yesterday 
ruled that so-called Empire films may qualify for renters' quota 

credit here, the ruling removing one 
of the major obstacles to American 
production in Canada, Australia and 
other of the Dominions. 

The order in council, additionally, 
allows distributors the option of 
making one British feature of not 
less than 7,000 feet against every 

Korda Preparing 7 
Stories for Coast 

Alexander Korda has seven stories 
in various stages of preparation for 
Hollywood production, it was dis- 
closed upon his arrival here from 
the Coast yesterday. His new Amer- 
ican unit is being perfected and will 
start shortly on the first picture, 
"Womanhunt," starring Vivien 

Vincent Korda, a brother who has 
been a prominent designer in Eng- 
land, has arrived in the U. S. and 
leaves shortly to join the Hollywood 
company. Steve Pallos, head of Lon- 

(Continucd on Page 4) 

Brandt- Wachsberger Form 
Triumps as Producing Co. 

Harry Brandt, with Nat Wachs- 
berger, has formed a new producing 
company to be known as Triumph 
Pictures, Inc., and has signed Luise 
Rainer for the first feature. Three 
stories are being considered for the 
leadoff picture. 

No distribution deal has been set, 
although Brandt's Charles Boyer fea- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

20th-Fox Closes Hughes Deal 

Will Sell Two Pix Separately, Says Wobber 

Executives' Stock Deals 
Are Disclosed by the SEC 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Darryl F. Zanuck 
has disposed of 1,000 shares of 20th- 
Fox's common no par value stock, it 
is revealed in the SEC's semi-month- 
ly summary of security transactions 
and holdings. The transaction leaves 
Zanuck with 92,130 shares of com- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Twentieth Century-Fox has signed 
a two-picture distribution deal with 
Howard Hughes, it was disclosed yes- 
terday by Herman Wobber, general 
manager of distribution, as he 
stepped off the first TWA strato- 
liner to make the West-to-East 

The two features will be sold sep- 
arately, with the sales policy still to 
be determined, Wobber stated. The 
(Continued on Page 5) 

London (By Cable) — The proposed 
Film Credit Bank, intended to pro- 
vide financing for British production, 
is definitely shelved as a result of 
war conditions. 

100,000 feet registered, with pro- 
vision that the minimum British la- 
bor cost shall be 29,000 pounds. The 
7,000-foot figure is 500 feet less 
than the figure previously stipulated. 
The existing British Films Act re- 

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Industry Patriotic 
Campaign is Mapped 

Executive committee of the 
MPPDA met yesterday to discuss a 
patriotic campaign in connection 
with the industry. Ed Kuykendall, 
MPTOA president, represented his 

(Continued on Page 7) 

"One Big Union" Plan 
Before Equity Friday 

General meeting will be held Fri- 
day to consider a special study of 
recommendations on a "one big 
union" plan recently presented. 
Other AAAA unions are also study- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Dent. Delegates Will 
Be Guests of B & K 

Chicago — Delegates to the Democratic 
National convention here next week will 
be admitted free to all B & K theaters 
in the Loop, it was announced yester- 

Wednesday, July 10, 1940 

Paramount Execs. Discuss 
Exhibition Problems 

Vol. 78, No. 7 Wed., July 10, 1940 

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Chicago— Special business confer- 
ence here yesterday of Paramount 
execs, and theater partners, includ- 
ing- A. H. Blank, Earl Hudson, John 
Balaban, Sam Dembow, Leonard 
Goldenson, Ralph Branton, Marvin 
Blank of Tri-States Cicruit, Harry 
Mace of Phoenix, Harry David of 
Salt Lake, John Friedl of Minne- 
unnlis, Trace Bai'ham of Cincinnati, 
Jules Rubens of the Great States 
Circuit, Harry Royster of New York, 
discussed merchandising, operating 
and exploitation of coming Para. 
films, the establishment of a circuit 
clearing house for co-operation with 
the Government, the Red Cross and 
other agencies in various patriotic 

Conference also planned for uni- 
form co-operation in all Paramount 
theater districts on various exhibition 

Loy to Manage Butte 
Exchange for Republic 

James R. Grainger, Republic's 
prexy, yesterday announced the ap- 
pointment of E. M. Loy as manager 
of Rep.'s Butte exchange. 

Loy, replacing Bob Boomer, who 
resigned to take care of theater in- 
terests in Montana, was formerly 
connected with Paramount and Fox 
in the Denver and Salt Lake terri- 

The Republic Butte exchange is a 
part of the J. T. Sheffield group of 
franchised branches in the North- 

Later Availabilities Seen 
As Detroit Nabes Cut Price 

Detroit — Problem presented by the 
action of two more nabes in lower- 
ing admissions 5 cents to escape im- 
position of the new Federal admis- 
sion tax will be met by later avail- 
abilities, it is indicated in exchange 
quarters. Houses dropping the scale 
to 20 cents are the West and Har- 
mony. First house to make the cut 
was the President. 

Allied and Alexander Film 
Fail to Agree on New Deal 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — National Allied and 
Alexander Film Co. failed to get 
together on a new deal at the re- 
cent Chicago convention, it was 
learned here. 

Five-year master contract which 
Allied held with Alexander Film ex- 
pired on March 1 last. Latter served 
notice that it would not be renewed, 
later presenting a new deal. This 
the Chicago convention nixed. 

Columbia to Distribute 
Eleanor Roosevelt Reel 

Deal has been inked by Leonard- 
Greene Productions with Columbia 
to distribute the first short in the 
Hobby Lobby series. Short, a one 
reeler produced and directed by Ar- 
thur Leonard, of Leonard-Greene, 
features Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Co- 
lumbia deal only covers distribution 
of the one short. 

Mono. Eastern Regional 
To be Held Here July 19 

Monogram will hold an eastern 
regional sales conference in New 
York on July 19. 

Albert Botzum Dead 

Akron, O.— Albert P. Botzum, 66, 
president and treasurer of the Bot- 
zum Theaters Co., died in St. Thomas 
hospital here following a two 
months' illness. 

Sliding Rental Scale 
Suggested by London CEA 

London (By Cable) — Sliding scale 
for film rentals was suggested at a 
meeting of the London and Home 
Counties Branch of the CEA as a 
means of meeting the difficulties that 
confront Central London exhibs. who 
are finding film audiences declining 
in numbers. 

The suggestion made, and which 
was received favorably, was that 
there should be a clause in contracts 
containing a "break" figure. If re- 
ceipts failed to come up to the 
"break" figure, the percentage of 
receipts due the distributor would 
automatically be lower than if the 
"break" figure was reached. 

150,000 to See ATAHT 
In Week at Music Hall 

ATAHT, which closes its first 
week at the Radio City Music Hall 
tonight, will chalk up an attendance' 
of approximately 150,000 for the 
stanza, it was estimated by the 
Hall's management yesterday. Pic- 
ture stays on, of course. 

British Exhibs., Distribs. 
Collab. on "Film Dumps' 

London (By Air Mail) — The CEA 
and the KRS have held a number of 
meetings on the urgent matter of ar- 
ranging for "film dumps" where mo- 
tion picture film can be stored in 
safety as a war emergency meas- 
ure. Branches throughout the coun- 
try have made surveys and offered 

U. S. Carbons Puzzle British 

Bristol (By Air Mail)— The Bris- 
tol and West of England branch of 
the CEA meeting here, found two 
Duzzling problems presented by car- 
bons from the U. S. for picture the- 
aters. Were they coming in tax 
free? No one seemed to know the 
answer. Would they fit the type or 
arc lamp used by British exhibs.? 
Again there was no answer. 

GB Again Leaves London 

London (By Air Mail) — Gaumont 
British has again removed its film 
department from London to Crediton 
where it was removed at the out- 
break of the war. 

comma and goiiig 

CHARLES E. MCCARTHY, director of advertit- 
ing and publicity for 20th-Fox, WILLIAM SUSS- 
MAN, Eastern division manager, RODNEY BUSH 
EDDIE SOLOMON, of the ad. and pub. dept 
left for Baltimore yesterday for the premier: 
tonight of "Maryland." 

SAM BRISKIN arrived yesterday from tin 
Coast on the TWA Stratoliner. 

CRESSON E. SMITH, Western sales ,,- nage 
for RKO, has left New York to visit the Chi 
cago and Los Angeles branches. 

JOE E. BROWN leaves the Coast shortly h 
spend the Summer playing with Eastern sfodj 

IRENE RICH is at the Waldorf. 

ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHNS will leave Holly 
wood this week-end on studio leave to cove 
the Democratic convention for the Hearst Ser 
vice on a special assignment. 

left for the Coast last night on the Century. . 

STEVE PALLOS, European manager for Long 
don Films Export Co., is here from Europe. 

VINCENT KORDA has arrived in New Yor* 
from Europe, via Canada. 

HELEN MASON, of General Films, Ltd., is u 
town from Toronto. 

BETTY FIELD arrived from the Coast yeste. 
day for a two-week stay. 

PAULETTE GODDARD returned to Hollywoi 
last night via TWA Stratoliner, arriving t 
the same ship earlier in the day. 

Two L. A. Houses Holding 
"Favorite Wife" for 3rd 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAIL 
Los Angeles — "My Favorite Wife 
continues to top the average sun ( 
mer intake for the Hillstreet an 
Pantages Theaters by a wide margi 
and will be held over for a thir 
week in both situations. 

Detroit Drive-in Theaters 
Increase Admissions 5c 

Detroit — Both the East Side an 
West Side Drive-in theaters hav 
raised their admissions from 35 t 
40 cents, with children under 12 cor 
tinuing to be admitted free. 

Rites for Granville Bates 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAIL 
Hollywood — Funeral services f( 
Granville Bates, veteran charactt 
actor, who died Monday night, wi 
be held today at Pierce Bros, morti 






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Korda Preparing 7 
Stories for Coast 

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don Films Export Co., also is in 
New York and may go to the Coast 

It is planned to make "Lady in 
the Dark," starring Merle Oberon, 
following "Womanhunt." "Thief of 
Bagdad" is being scored and will be 
ready for release in early Septem- 

Other stories slated for Korda 
production include "Cyrano de Ber- 
gerac," "Jungle Book," "Manon Les- 
caut," "Greenmantle" and "The Con- 

Korda plans to return to Holly- 
wood Friday. 

British Channel Theaters 
Being Forced to Close 

London (By Air Mail)— The CEA 
announces that a number of the- 
aters along the Channel, which de- 
pend largely on holiday patronage, 
have been forced to close. They are 
located in the "protected" area 
closed for defensive purposes. Many 
other theaters in the area, however, 
are expected to close due to dwind- 
ling patronage. 

The CEA reports that distribu- 
tors are taking action to alleviate 
the difficulties in which Channel ex- 
hibitors find themselves, making ad- 
justments of rentals and contractual 

Ed Stein to Handle N. Y. 
Campaign for "Syracuse' 

Ed Stein, former New York press 
representative for Samuel Goldwyn, 
has been assigned to handle the lo- 
cal campaign for "The Boys From 
Syracuse" by Jules Levey, producer 
of the picture. World premiere is 
to be held in Syracuse on July 18 
and the New York opening will fol- 
low shortly, Levey said yesterday. 

To Make Shorts in Chi. 

Chicago — Solon Feldman has been 
named president of New Age Mo- 
tion Picture Producers, with offices 
at 309 West Jackson Boulevard. The 
company will produce shorts. 


magazine devoted its front 
cover and four additional 
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• • • THAT anti-duals stalwart Sam Goldwyn carries 

on with another verbal lambasting oi double features in this week's 

Satevepost which hits the newsstands today Writing under 

the eye-attracting title "Hollywood is Sick" Goldwyn charges 

that duals are just a camouflage for price-cutting that they 

have cost everyone money and caused the public to keep away 

from film theaters in droves while the star-life of an actor 

has been halved from about 10 to 5 years 

T ▼ T 
• # SAYS Goldwyn: "Understand me, I'm not blam- 
ing the exhibitor Nor am I blaming the whole kitchen-range- 

bank-night-bingo-screeno 'come-on' I'm blaming the double 

bill which opened the door to those other idiocies and 

I'm blaming Hollywood for welcoming and sheltering it with- 
out realizing that it would eventually ruin the industry" And 

for good measure, there's this "We have got to restrict pro- 
duction got to substitute quality for quantity" The di- 
agnosis sounds okay, Doc but who's going to undertake the 

job of seeing that the "patient" submits to the indicated 

course of treatment? There's the BIG question 

T T ▼ 

• • • IF Bob Low, head of 20th-Fox's European story department 

has any trouble in digging up. plot fodder for Darryl Zanuck 

he might put down his own adventures on paper Low joined 

the Anglo-American Ambulance Corps flew across the channel 

and arrived in Tours just as the Nazis opened an aerial 

bombardment As if that were not enough he was seized by 

French soldiers who suspected him of being a German parachutist 

and lined up against a wall while a firing squad took up a 

position The timely arrival of an officer prevented his ex- 
ecution So you see such things really happen outside 

of Hollywood 

T T T 

$ ^ IF ever there was a time when ideas to benefit 

the box office were in demand this is it And they 

don't have to be 100 per cent new ideas either A fresh twist 

a topical slant. .... .frequently will turn the trick As 

indeed it has for George Kraska who operates the Fine Arts 

Theater, Boston George has coined and copyrighted "Movie- 
tours" to designate his new two-hour programs which 

stress travelogues although the bills include other shorts 

and newsreels The selling slant is this "Since conditions 

abroad make travel impossible we offer the only safe way to 

tour and fully enjoy the fascinating points of interest 

in the various countries throughout the world" And as guides, 

George advertises James FitzPatrick, Lowell Thomas, Carveth 

Wells, Burton Holmes and others 

T ▼ T 

• • • INVITATIONS have been mailed for the fifth annual film 
golf tournament sponsored by Connecticut MPTO and sched- 
uled for Tuesday, August 6 at Race Brook Country Club A full 

day of golf, lunch, dinner entertainment and awarding of prizes 

has been planned by Herman M. Levy, chairman and his 

committee consisting of Louis Schaef er, George H. Wilkinson, B. E. 

Hoffman, Harry F. Shaw, Samuel Rosen Edward Ruff. Morris Nunes, 

Barney Pitkin, Ben Simon, Lester Tobias Lou Wechsler, I. Levine, 

Morris Joseph, Edwin S. Raffile, and Max Tabackman 

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July 10-11: Northwest Allied convention, Nicol- 
let Hotel, Minneapolis. 

July 15: Omaha Variety Club golf tournament 

July 21-23: Southeastern Theater Owners Asso 
ciation convention, Jacksonville, Fla. 

July 22: Pittsburgh Variety Club golf tourna- 
ment, South Hills Country Club. 

July 24: Northwest Film Club golf toui it 

Inglewood, Seattle. ^-r 

Aug. 1 : Columbus Variety Club round-up 
Brookside Country Club. 

Aug. 6: Conn. MPTO Golf Tournament, Rao 
Brook Country Club. 

Aug. 7: Washington Warner outing, Baur' 

House, Bay Ridge, Md. 
Aug. 23: Washington Variety Club golf tourna 

ment, Manor Club, Norbeck, Md. 
Aug. 26: Indianapolis Variety Club golf tourna 

ment, Broadmoor Country Club. 
Sept. 12-14: Biological Photographic Associatioi 

convention. Hotel Schroeder, Milwaukee. 
Sept. 25-27: New Jersey Allied convention 

Atlantic City. 
Oct. 26: Cinema Lodge, B'nai B'rith, banquet 

Hotel Pennsylvania. 
Nov. 11: A F of L convention opens, Net 

Nov. 21: Motion Picture Associates ball, Hotc 


2-Day Celebration Marks 
Premiere of "Maryland" 

Baltimore — Two-day celebratioi 
arranged for the world premiere o: 
"Maryland," new 20th-Fox release 
which will bow tonight at the Nev 
and Centre theaters, got under waj 
yesterday morning when Brendi 
Joyce and Nancy Kelly arrived from A 
New York by plane, accompaniec 
by 20th-Fox executives. Tyroni 
Power and his wife, Annabella, ar 
rive today by plane. Charles E b 
McCarthy, William Sussman anc 
other company execs, also arrivei 
last night and this morning. A Pad ' " 
dock Dinner was held last night a: 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Sagamore ; 

Need 200 "Pago Pago" Prints 

"South Of Pago Pago," new Ed' 
ward Small production, will havo 
more than 200 prints in use betweei 
July 17 and July 24 as a result o: 
record advance bookings on the pic 
ture, it was announced yesterday bj 
United Artists. World premiere o: 
the picture on July 17 will be a dua 
affair at the Loew's State and Chi 
nese Theaters in Los Angeles. 



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FlQ,McCAREY, according to well-founded 

fe >rt, has been offered unlimited 

i^rTes by Canadian banking interests to 
"oduce and direct two pictures annually, 
•her in Hollywood or in the Dominion. 

• • 

, EDWARD CHODOROV'S Broadway suc- 
* cess, "Kind Lady," and his film adapta- 
in of that same production for Metro 
ve been selected for class study by Prof, 
arren Scott, head of the University of 
'Ufhern California's cinema department. 

• • 
NDICATIONS that Katherine Cornell may 

finally decide to appear on the screen 
ay be seen in her decision to read the 
Im version of "Dildo Cay," which Virginia 
an Upp scripted for Edward H. Griffith, 
ho will direct and produce it for Para- 
ount. For years Miss Cornell has been 
irning a deaf ear to Hollywood producer 
fers for film appearances. 

• • 
OHN SHELTON has been added to the 

cast of "Dr. Kildare Goes Home," which 
ill be placed in production next week at 
lerro with Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres 

the roles they have played throughout 
ie Kildare series. Harold Bucquet is di- 

• • 
A/ARNERS' new contract roster lists 62 

* ' stars and featured players. Studio 
ow has 17 directors and eight dialogue di- 
:ctors under contract. Forty-four writers 
'ho are now on ••he rolls. 

• • 
^ORGE TOBIAS, who portrayed a 

punch-drunk prizefighter in "The Man 
</ho Talked Too Much," is playing a New 
ork fight manager in "City for Conquest." 

• • 
JOHN CROMWELL has wound up shoot- 
■* ing on Paramount's "Victory," starring 
redric March and Betty Field. His next 
ssignment is "Flotsam," for David L. Loew 
rid Albert Lewin, also featuring March. 

J ( 

ROSALIND RUSSELL has signed a new 
^ long-term Metro starring contract. 

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e addition of Irving Bacon, Ann 
Phil Taylor, Mary Field and 
om Faddon, Columbia has completed the 
ast of "The Howards of Virginia," which 
rank Lloyd is producing and directing. 

• • 
HE War Department has authorized full 

co-operation to Paramount in the mak- 

ng of "I Wanted Wings," story based on 

he training of an Army Air Corps flying 

fficer. Much of the film will be photo- 

aphed at Randolph Field, San Antonio. 

• • 

DEN HECHT is producing and directing 
*~ "Before I Die" at the Columbia studios, 
with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., the star, as 
associate producer. Rita Hayworth has been 
assigned to the leading lady role. 

• • 

DASIL RATHBONE and Gale Sondergaard 
** have been added to the cast of 20th- 
Fox's "The Californian." 

1 on Think You Have Opposition, Do You? 

Well, Consider the Wisconsin Situation 

Milwaukee — Local and state exhibitors are singing the blues as a result of a wide 
variety of competition. Milwaukee county's first Drive-In theater, just opened, is 
doing brisk business. In addition, there is night baseball here, motorcycle and miniature 
auto races, a derby show, a Mid-Summer Festival coming up and weekly park concerts, 
with nationally known guesf artists. 

State exhibitors, in addition to jack-rabbit operations in some 100 small villages 
around Wisconsin, are being harassed by picnics with free prizes, night baseball, Summer 
theaters in four spots, carnivals, tent shows, free flickers at taverns and amusement 
parks, speed boat regattas, river excursion boats, pageants, band concerts and harness 

PCC Has Consent Decree 
Boards Suggestions 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — R. H. Poole, executive 
secretary of PCC of ITO represent- 
ing approximately 1,000 independent 
theaters, has wired Thurman Arnold 
requesting that his organization be 
afforded the privilege of making con- 
structive suggestions and recommen- 
dations if the present consent de- 
cree negotiations finally result in 
boards being set up in exchange cen- 
ters to enforce the decree. 

Injunction by Consent 
Ends Optical Goods Trust 

Federal Judge William Bondy yes- 
terday signed an injunction decree, 
by consent of the Bausch & Lomb 
Optical Co., which brings to an end 
the optical goods monopoly exercised 
by the American company and the 
German Carl Zeiss Company. 

Indictment obtained last March 
alleged the two companies held a 
world monopoly. 

Engages Nine Former Stars 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Universal has engaged 
the following nine former stars to 
appear in its new Gloria Jean pic- 
ture, "A Little Bit of Heaven": 
Charles Ray, Pat O'Malley, Noah 
Beery, Kenneth Harlan, Maurice Cos- 
tello, Fred Kelsey, Grace Cunard, 
William Desmond and Monte Blue. 

Rooney-Garland ior Another 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Metro has started 
preparation on a new film in which 
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland 
will be co-starred. "Babes on Broad- 
way" is the title. Busby Berkeley 
is expected to direct. 

Next ior Joan Crawford 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Joan Crawford has 
been assigned by Metro to "A Wo- 
man's Faith," an American version 
of a Swedish picture in which Ingrid 
Bergman originally appeared. 

Start "Leather Pushers" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood - — Universal started 
cameras grinding yesterday on "The 
Leather Pushers," a re-make. Astrid 
Allwyn has been added to the cast. 
Richard Arlen and Andy Devine are 
starred with James Rawlins direct- j 

SAG Ups Initiation Fee 
Of Adult Memberships 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Screen Actors Guild, 
as a result of action taken by the 
board of directors with the approval 
of the Class B council, increased 
the initiation fee of $25 of all adult 
classes of memberships in the Guild 
to $50. Initiation fee for actors be- 
tween 14 and 28 years of age will 
remain $10. Children under 14 need 
not be members. The dues schedule 
remains unchanged. 

Lamarr, Stewart Cast 
In "Come Live With Me" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — M-G-M yesterday cast 
Hedy Lamarr and James Stewart in 
the leading roles in "Come Live With 
Me," written by Virginia Van Upp 
and Patterson McNutt. Clarence 
Brown will direct. 

20th-Fox Closes Deal 
With Howard Hughes 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

sales chief reported that Hughes had 
Leo McCarey to direct one of the 
two features. 

The 20th-Fox studio is adhering to 
its announced production lineup of 
48 features, according to Wobber. 
However, should circumstances force 
a revision, he stated that the num- 
ber to be made on the company's own 
lot might be dropped to 44; under 
no circumstances, he asserted, would 
fewer be made. 

As announced at the Chicago con- 
vention, 20th-Fox's 1940-41 lineup 
in addition to the domestic 48 in- 
cluded four British-made features. 
The latter will be delivered. 

Commenting that company busi- 
ness, along with general business, 
was off at the present time, Wobber 
expressed confidence that 20th-Fox 
was due for a definite upturn. He 
pointed out that the company had a 
number of what he termed "exhibi- 
tor pictures" coming up shortly, 
mentioning especially "The Return 
of Frank James." "Brigham Young," 
he added, loomed as one of the com- 
pany's greatest productions. 

Chakeres Takes Jones' Two 

Jackson, O. — Phil Chakeres cir- 
cuit has taken over Dwight Jones' 
Markay and Kaymar theaters. 



Wednesday, July 10, 1940 


Empire Films Okay 
For Renters' Quota 

(Continued from Page 1) 

mains unchanged, and the exhibi- 
tors' quota continues at 15 per cent. 
The monetary footage quota is com- 
pletely optional. 

Reaction Highly Critical 

Trade reaction to the order in 
council was highly critical, and a 
special meeting of the Films Coun- 
cil was called for July 17. 

There was keen interest in the 
Board of Trade's decision to extend 
renters' quota credit to Empire films, 
with the belief generally held that 
it was designed particularly to ap- 
peal to Canada and Australia. Re- 
cently, there have been persistent 
reports, especially in the United 
States and Canada, that British pro- 
ducers were contemplating- produc- 
tion in the Dominion. 

A long-standing dispute between 
the Dominions and the English Gov- 
ernment has been concerned with the 
fact that Dominion-made pictures 
had to acquire quota credits in 
Great Britain before they were ac- 
ceptable as renters' quota. 
To Induce U. S. to Produce in Can.? 

On the other hand, it is believed 
American distributors here see in 
the move an effort to induce Ameri- 
can companies to produce in nearby 
Canada as conditions here now prac- 
tically preclude any set production 
program by American companies. 
At the same time, it is pointed out 
that the Board of Trade decision in 
no way indicates that companies will 
not be expected to live up to the 
Films Act in every respect. However, 
under the new order a picture made 
in Canada by an American company 
would serve as a renters' quota film 
in the Empire and Great Britain, 
providing it complies with the re- 
quirements of the Act, mainly that 
29,000 pounds in British labor costs 
be expended as a minimum. 

See Plan as a Liability 

It is assumed that American dis- 
tribs. will point out that if the 
British Government will allow them 
to produce in Canada with blocked 
English, Australian and Canadian 
currency, it might be acceptable, 
and it would certainly help the in- 
dustry in Canada. But they expect 
to point out that if they are to ex- 


picture has the most thrilling 
and authentic under-water 
scenes ever made,? 

See Page 8 

A Habit? 

Cincinnati — William "Red" Devanney, 
Metro office mgr., made sporting head- 
lines when he shot 8 birdies in 8 succes- 
sive games on the same hole, at the 
Hillcrest Country Club. J. J. Grady, 
20th-Fox mgr., and Joe Oulahan, Para- 
mount ace golfer were opponents. 

"One Big Union" Plan 
Before Equity Friday 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ing the report, with opinions on its 
merits said to be divided. Meeting 
was authorized yesterday by the 

The Council also adopted a vigor- 
ous denial of "Communism" charges 
flung at the union by Rep. "William 
Lambertson, Kan. Individual mem- 
bers accused, wrote or told the 
Council that the charges were un- 
founded, and Lambertson will be 
asked to produce substantiating evi- 
dence or retract. 

The Council also authorized Cho- 
rus Equity to affiliate with the The- 
ater Authority. Charges against 
Miriam Hopkins by Bela Blau, who 
alleged she broke a contract, were 
also heard, and Miss Hopkins was 
directed to appear later in the month. 

Manchester Police to Have 
Keys to All Film Theaters 

Manchester, Eng. (By Air Mail) — 
At a branch meeting of the CEA 
held here it was decided, in taking 
advantage fo exhibitors' offer to 
open their theaters to citizens made 
homeless as a result of air raids, 
that keys to the theaters be left at 
the local police stations. 

"Lion's Roar" for Exhib. Use 

As a result of numerous requests 
for its use in individual theaters, 
"The Lion's Roar," Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer's one-column institutional ad- 
vertisement which appears monthly 
in 15 national magazines, has been 
made available in mat form to first- 
run exhibs. 

pend American dollars in Canada for 
production there, the plan is a lia- 
bility as far as they are concerned. 
Particularly so, if the plan now being 
discussed by the Government by 
which Empire-made films produced 
by American distributors would 
have to have dollar revenues from 
the U. S. remitted to Great Brit- 
ain or whatever Dominion the pic- 
ture might have been produced in. 
This idea, American execs, are 
said to believe, would make such 
production completely worthless to 
them as it would be a distinct lia- 
bility where they were pouring in 
their dollars and credits, but their 
returns would not be conmmensur- 
ate with their costs. Amplification 
of the Empire films ruling is ex- 
pected shortly. 

(The Film Daily on April 29 ex- 
clusively disclosed that American 
distributors had accepted the Brit- 
ish monetary quota proposals, de- 
tails of which were contained in the 

New S 



What they are — Who has them — How good they are 


"Dangerous Dollars" 


Paramount 11 Mins. 

Exploitable Subject 

The many persons in any community 
handling money will be interested in 
this subject, produced with the co- 
operation of the U. S. Treasury De- 
partment. A detailed explanation of 
methods of spotting counterfeit coins, 
Government checks, and bills, along 
with information on how to get the 
Treasury Department-mailed warnings 
on new forgeries, are depicted. High- 
light is a dramatization of an incident 
showing a couple of bill passers try- 
ing to change a counterfeit bill in a re- 
tail store and indicates how properly in- 
formed store owners can spot bad bills 
and how they can co-operate with local 
police in apprehending the phoney 
money passers. 

"Information Please, 
No. 13" 

RKO Pathe 10 Mins. 

Grand, Timely Reel 

This subject deserves marquee space 
and advertising backing from any the- 
ater in the country. Featuring the re- 
cently nominated Republican candidate 
for President, Wendell L. Willkie, it 
will draw and satisfy occasional movie- 
goers as well as the regulars. The 
GOP's standard bearer, is said to have 
created much favorable comment when 
he appeared on the Information Please 
radio program. His screen appearance 
will not disappoint. The nominee gets 
right into the light spirit of the reel, 
shows no traces of self-consciousness, 
and answers a variety of queries in a 
convincing manner. The regular cast 
of "Information Please" do their usual 
good jobs. 


The Government is hot on the trail 
of bad money passers and consequently 
the U. S. Secret Service has volunteered 
to co-operate with exhibs. in pushing 
this subject. Your nearest Service 
office has a display frame with counter- 
feit and genuine bills, ranging from 
$1.00 to $100, for comparison pur- 
poses, and has instructions from Wash- 
ington to offer assistance wherever pos- 
sible. A low cost stunt that should 
garner newspaper space as well as 
create permanent good-will is a special 
showing for retail store cashiers, bank 
tellers, and others who handle money in 
their daily work. 

Wendell L. Willkie's name is in the 
forefront these days and this subject, 
presenting him as of before the GOP 
convention, will create plenty of in- 
terest if properly sold. Play it on the 
marquee and in your newspaper ads: 
make up a lobby display of newspaper 
clippings such as the "breaks" after 
the recent N. Y. Music Hall showing; 
spot your credits along with Willkie 
banners and store window displays; tie- 
up with local Republican clubs or try a 
straw vote. Whatever you do, let 
people know about the subject. They 
will flock to see it. 



"His Bridal Fright" (Charley Chase); "How High Is Up?" (Three Stooges); "News 

Oddities" (Phantasy); "The Pooch Parade" (Fables); "Screen Snapshots No. 9"; "Canvass 

Capers" (Sport Reel); "Cinescope No. 6"; "The Archives" (Washington Parade). 


"Trifles of Importance" (Passing Parade). Others to be announced. 


"Sink or Swim" (Sportlight) ; "Way Back When Razzberry Was a Fruit" (Stone Age 

Cartoon); "You Can't Shoe a Horse Fly" (Color Classic); "Pinky Tomlin and Orchestra" 

(Headliner); "Dangerous Dollars" (Paragraphic); "Fightin' Pals" (Popeye). 


"The March of Time, No. 12"; "Put Put Trouble" (Walt Disney); "Information Please 
No. 12"; "'Taint Legal" (Edgar Kennedy); "Bested By a Beard" (Leon Errol); "Good- 
ness, A Ghost" (Radio Flash); "Sportscope No. 12"; "Reelism No. 12." 


"Cheerio, My Dears" (Lew Lehr); "Rupert, the Runt" (Terrytoon); "Action on Ice" 
(Thorgesen-Sports) ; "Love In a Cottage" (Terrytoon). 


"Springtime Serenade" (Color Cartoon reissue); "Candyland" (Color Cartoon reissue); 
"Stranger Than Fiction No. 79"; "Going Places No. 79"; "Hawaiian Rhythm" (Musical). 


"Little Blabber Mouse" (Merry Melody); "Porky s Baseball Broadcast" (Looney Tune); 

"Pony Express Days" (Technicolor Productions); "Young America Flies" (Broadway 

Brevity); "The Egg Collector" (Merry Melody); "The Valley" (Color Parade); "A Wild 

Hare" (Merry Melody); "Woody Herman and Orchestra" (Melody Master). 

Wednesday, July 10, 1940 



MPTOA Trade Plan 
Jp At Suit Talks 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ication of block-booking and blind- 
selling and some way to adjust com- 
jlaints and grievances on clearance 
ind overbuying. 

Olioposals advanced by MPTOA in 
^ call for an effective local 
agency to adjust local complaints on 
clearance and overbuying without 
red tape and an adequate option to 
cancel at the time they are available 
©n all pictures bought in blocks and 
in advance. 

Kuykendall, in the bulletin, ex- 
presses the opinion that "even a 
faulty and imperfect consent decree 
may be better than trying the suit," 
because of the expense and the de- 
lay in solving trade practice prob- 
lems which must await the outcome 
of the action. 

Newark Paper Starts Film 
Festival, Using Revivals 

Newark, N. J. — Sunday Call 
launched its 12-week film festival for 
the benefit of camps conducted for 
under-privileged children on a non- 
profit basis at the Little Theater 
last night. Pix to be shown during 
the festival will be revivals, chosen 
in a reader poll made by the paper. 
Readers incidentally voted for duals 
during the festival, 2 to 1. 

Winning films in the poll, listed 
alphabetically, follow: 

"A Star Is Born," "Awful Truth," 
"Captains Courageous," "Cavalcade," 
"The Citadel," "Count of Monte 
Cristo," "Dark Victory," "David Cop- 
perfield," "Dodsworth," "Goodbye, 
Mr. Chips," "Good Earth," "It Hap- 
pened One Night," "Lost Horizon," 
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," "Mutiny 
on the Bounty," "My Man Godfrey," 
"Nothing Sacred," "Of Human Bond- 
age," "Pygmalion," "Rose Marie," 
"San Francisco," "Sweethearts," 
"Theodora Goes Wild," "Three Smart 
Girls" and "The Women." 

Schlesinger With Hamilburg 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Leon Schlesinger has 
contracted Mitchell J. Hamilburg Co. 
as sole representative of the Leon 
Schlesinger Corp., for commercial 
and licensing tie-ups involving the 
use of the Schlesinger name, "Porky 
Pig," "Daffy Duck" and other car- 
toon characters. 


Miami — Fabian Wilber, manager 
of the Biltmore theater, and Inez 
Edmundsen, cashier at the Capitol, 
were married. 

Smithfield, O. — George Sturges, 
owner of the Smithfield Theater, 
was married here to Prena Lenzi. 

REVIEWS Of n€UJ mmS Mushy Patriotic 

Campaign is Mapped 

Stagecoach War" "Return Of Wild Bill' 

with William Boyd, Russell Hayden, 

Harvey Stephens 

Paramount 63 Mins. 


Snappily paced, ably produced and pro- 
vided with a plausible and fast-moving story, 
Harry Sherman's newest Hopalong Cassidy 
is an entertaining picture for general audi- 
ences, apart from its western fan sphere. 
Rugged action, splendid outdoor backgrounds 
and photography, a highly capable cast and a 
good story are its keystones. Exhibitors 
should do well with the picture in almost 
any situation. 

Lesley Selander gets credit for an ex- 
pert job of direction and Norman Houston 
and Harry F. Olmstead for a fast-action 
story and screenplay. William Boyd, per- 
sonable, efficient and rugged as the redoubt- 
able Hoppy, is ably supported by Russell 
Hayden, Harvey Stephens, Julie Carter and 
J. Farrell MacDonald. Rad Robinson, a 
new type of bad man, also contributes large- 
ly to the picture's all around class. 

Boyd and Hayden volunteer to help Mac- 
Donald save his stage line when his fran- 
chise runs out and Harvey Stephens plans 
to take over. From there on to a rousing 
climax, there is gunplay, hard riding, a 
subdued love interest, skullduggery, holdups 
and general action. 

CAST: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, 
Julie Carter, Harvey Stephens, J. Farrell Mac- 
Donald, Britt Wood, Rad Robinson, Eddy 
Waller, Frank Lackteen, Jack Rockwell, 
Eddie Dean, The Kings Men. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harry Sherman; Di- 
rector, Lesley Selander; Original story and 
screenplay, Norman Houston and Harry F. 
Olmstead; Based on characters created by 
Clarence E. Mulford; Cameraman, Russell 
Harlan; Editor, S. A. Rose. 


"Murder in the Air" 

with Ronald Reagan 
Warners-First National 55 Mins. 


Fans who go for hokum secret service 
stories about spies and mysterious war de- 
vices will be satisfied with this one. First 
half of the film is slow but the action 
picks up somewhat towards the finish, with 
a dirigible wreck and an airplane dogfight. 
Performances are okay. 

Ronald Reagan plays the part of a secret 
service agent who takes the place of a 
deceased spy in order to uncover the work- 
ings of his international organization. The 
gang assigns him to wreck a dirigible which 
is testing an "inertia projector," a device 
which stops motors from a distance. The 
dirigible is wrecked by a storm and the 
projector plans stolen, but Reagan is rescued 
to finally capture the ringleaders. 

CAST: Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Lya 
Lys, James Stephenson, Eddie Foy, Jr., Rob- 
ert Warwick, Victor Zimmerman, William 
Gould, Kenneth Harlan, Frank Wilcox, Owen 
King, Dick Rich, Charles Brokaw, Helen 

CREDITS: Director, Lewis Seiler; Original 

with Bill Elliott, Iris Meredith, George Lloyd 
Columbia 60 Mins. 


Replete with action of every description 
the western and action fans want, latest 
in Columbia's series with Bill Elliott is 
certain to please. Efforts to make the story 
plausible and more intelligent than the 
average run-of-the-mill western yarns are 
noticeable, and the desired results are 
achieved. Exhibitors using westerns to a 
great extent should have no trouble selling 
this one, and it will go nicely as a filler 
on programs not usually featuring westerns. 

Elliott is capably supported by Iris Mere- 
dith and Luana Walters, two attractive 
and efficient young ladies, Edward LeSaint, 
Frank LaRue, George Lloyd and Francis 
Walker, latter two the head villains in this 

Elliott is summoned home by his father 
when Lloyd, Walker and their gang set 
themselves up as vigilantes in order to rob 
and murder the honest ranchers. He ar- 
rives shortly after his father is shot by 
Walker, but in time to learn from his father 
what has been happening. He immediately 
sets out after Walker and kills him. He 
then drives Lloyd and the rest of the gang 
from LaRue's ranch when they plan to hang 
him for murdering Elliott's father. 

Luana, sister of the gang leaders, warns 
LaRue and the honest ranchers of a frame- 
up to murder Elliott and they ride up in 
time to save him from being lynched. Elliott 
disposes of the gang in short order and 
restores peace and quiet to the community. 

CAST: Bill Elliott, Iris Meredith, Luana 
Walters, George Lloyd, Edward LeSaint, 
Frank LaRue, Francis Walker, Chuck Morri- 
son, Dub Taylor, Buel Bryant, W. Kellogg. 

CREDITS: Produced by Columbia; Direc- 
tor, J. H. Lewis; Screenplay, Robert Lee 
Johnson and Fred K. Myton; Story, Walt 
Coburn; Cameraman, George Meehan; Edi- 
tor, Richard Fantl. 


Tex Ritter in Eastern P.A.'s 

Tex Ritter starts a p.a. tour 
through New England and New York 
tomorrow at the Gates theater, 
Lowell, Mass. Tour will extend to 
Aug. 9-10 when the Monogram West- 
ern star plays the Bellevue, St. Al- 
bans, Vt. 

Acquires Rights to French Pix 

Leo Films, headed by Nat Sanders, 
has acquired American re-make 
rights as well as distribution rights 
to the French pix, "Les Jumeaux de 
Brighton" (The Brighton Twins), 
starring Raimu. Latter will be a 
Fall release. 

Circus Opposition for Detroit 

Detroit — Ringling Bros. & Bar- 
num & Bailey circus opens a four- 
day run here July 13. 

Screenplay, Raymond Schrock; Cameraman, 
Ted McCord; Editor, Frank Magee; Art Di- 
rector, Stanley Fleisher; Dialogue Director, 
Harry Seymour. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

organization and Nathan Yamins 
represented Allied. 

Committees were formed to han- 
dle various phases of the campaign 
which includes the sponsoring of 
"The Land of Liberty," picture now 
being shown at the World's Fair. 
Full details of the campaign will be 
announced late this week. 

"Devil's Island" Placed 
Back Into Circulation 

"Devil's Island," whose distribu- 
tion in the U. S. was halted by War- 
ners in February, 1939, after French 
squawks that its picture of con- 
ditions in the penal colony was exag- 
gerated, starts at the Globe theater 
Saturday. Pix was originally booked 
to play there. 

While Warners offered no official 
explanation, the trade assumed yes- 
terday that the company no longer 
considered the voluntary courtesy 
shown the French Republic 16 
months ago an obligation. 

Sees Own Film Televised 

Virginia A. Lynn, who directed 
educational films about New York 
for a couple of years, and who is 
now directing television program for 
Philco, in Philadelphia, yesterday 
had the unusual experience of view- 
ing one of her own films over the 
Philco research receiver in Philly. 
Subject was "A Day at the Hebrew 
Kindergarten and Infants' Home," 
telecast from NBC's transmitter in 
New York, which she directed about 
a month ago. 

"Whispering Cup" to Metro 

Metro has acquired film rights to 
the Crime Club novel, "The Whis- 
pering Cup," published last month 
by Doubleday-Doran. 


with its millions of readers devoted its 
front page and most of its editorial con- 
tent to extoling the praises of 


f, 'S<>UTH Of 





Wednesday, July 10, 1941 

MPTOA Sees Tax 
From Dime Up 

(Continued from Page 1) 

out that if the defense tax is fur- 
ther revised, exhibitors who drop 
their prices to 20 cents to escape 
the tax for six months "will be 
stuck." With a 20-cent admission 
established in their theaters, they 
will be forced to pay the full rate 
of tax on it. 

Will Pull Down Admish Price 

"In the meantime," he writes, 
"they will have pulled down the ad- 
mission prices at competing and 
prior-run theaters to the detriment 
of everybody and gained nothing for 

Kuykendall says further: 

"Reports indicate that practically 
all theaters are wisely maintaining 
their present admission prices and 
collecting the defense tax in addi- 
tion thereto. 

"While this may work some hard- 
ships on the theaters in the way 
of a slight reduction in attendance 
because of the increased amount 
the patron must pay to get in, which 
is so slight it probably will not be 
noticeable and should not be con- 
fused with other causes for a 
slump in attendance at this time of 
the year, nevertheless it will pre- 
vent a disastrous price war in com- 
petitive situations that could easily 
develop from theaters cutting ad- 
missions to 20c to escape the tax. 
Sees Bargain Matinee Threat 

"Such price cutting would inevit- 
ably be met by bargain matinee 
scales, price cutting at prior runs, 
and result in no advantage to the 
theater that tries to undersell its 
competitors and escape the tax at 
the same time." 

Kuykendall adds: 

"Admission prices have been held 
down in many places artificially by 
the 41c admission tax and by reck- 
less cut-rate price competition be- 
tween theaters. The 40c exemption 
put a penalty on first-runs that 
would otherwise charge 50c, which 
in turn holds down all of the sub- 
sequent-runs in the area that fol- 
low the 40c first-run. This ceiling 
is now removed on the first-runs, 
and the cut rate competition may 
be lessened. 

"Therefore we believe that every 
exhibitor should give very careful 
consideration to the question of the 
best possible admission scale at his 
own theater. He should make sure 
that the level of admissions is high 
enough to produce the maximum 
gross receipts. This may take some 
experimenting, which may not be 
advisable until the summer seasonal 
slump is at an end, but it is worth 
serious and careful consideration." 


Indianapolis — William Sherman, 
Universal salesman, is the father 
of an eight-pound baby girl, born 
in the Coleman Hospital here. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

/^EORGE SHERMAN. Born New York City, July 14, 1908. Attended Stuy- 
^S vesant, and later Textile High Schools. Upon leaving school was em- 
ployed as an office boy in the home office of First National. In 1927 went to 
work for Biograph as a mail clerk, in New York. Came to California in 1928 and 

went back to First National as a second assistant 
director. In 1929 he joined Mack Sennett as an 
assistant director on two-reel comedies and 
stayed with Sennett until 1939 when Republic 
took over the Sennett property in Studio City. 
Republic also took over the young assistant di- 
rector and gave him a megaphone of his own. 
He was assigned to direct Gene Autry Westerns 
and did eight of them. He was then appointed 
director of the studio's important "Mesquiteer" 
series, and made 20 of them. In the early months 
of 1940 he was upped to a producer's berth, 
and at present is producing and directing the 
Don "Red" Barry series. Is considered one of the 
best western directors in the business. 

Wm. Goldman to Operate 
In S-W Pooling Deal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

pictures in the Germantown houses 
as a continuous-run. 

Goldman was once S-W zone chief 
here. Several years ago, he acquired 
the S-W Pottstown theaters which 
he is now operating and at one time 
was reported filing suit against S-W. 

Brandt-Wachsberger Form 
Triumph as Producing Co. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ture is to be released by RKO. Pro- 
duction on the Luise Rainer picture 
is to start on the Coast in mid-Sep- 

Mansfield Ritz to Skirball 

Mansfield, O. — Ritz theater has 
been taken over on lease by William 
Skirball, Cleveland circuit operator. 
Skirball is lessor of the Madison 
here, now operated by Warners. Sol 
Bernstein, Ritz owner, is retiring 
because of ill health. Ben Pittin, 
formerly of the Palace, Toledo, will 
be new resident manager of the 

Commercial Bingo Banned 

Asbury Park, N. J. — A ban 

against "commercial Bingo and kin- 
dred gambling games" is announced 
by Monmouth County Prosecutor 
John J. Quinn. It is reported aimed 
principally at establishments con- 
ducting games for cash prizes in a 
number of shore resorts. 

Matter of Transposition 

Series of shorts to be produced by 
Prudential Pictures, Inc. will be 
called "Abroad at Home" instead of 
"At Home Abroad." 

Roxy, Caldwell, to Huprich 

Caldwell, O. — C. E. Huprich, owner 
of the Noble theater, has assumed 
the management of the Roxy, owned 
by Mrs. Mena Fliehman, of Woods- 

Executives' Stock Deals 
Are Disclosed by the SEC 

(Continued from Page 1) 

mon and 21,946 shares of $1.50 cumu- 
lative preferred. 

Columbia's report states Schneider 
has acquired 1,304 shares of com- 
mon through an exchange, making 
his total in that class 1,404 shares. 
He also disposed of 504 common 
voting trust certificates in an ex- 
change, holding none of the certifi- 
cates now and holds 7,500 option 
warrants for common stock. 

Report of Loew's Boston Theaters 
shows continued acquisition of the 
stock by Loew's, Inc., with the par- 
ent company acquiring 17,067 shares 
of $25 par common stock. This 
brings Loew's, Inc., holding in this 
class to 117,506 shares. 

Duncan G. Harris has acquired 800 
shares of Paramount $1 par com- 
mon stock, it was reported and now 
holds 1,000 shares and 200 shares 
of 6 per cent convertible 2nd pre- 

Universal Corp.'s report reveals 
Nate J. Blumberg disposed of 500 
common voting trust certificates and 
now holds 130,000 certificates while 
Preston Davie acquired 200 certifi- 
cates, bringing his total to 2,200 
directly and 26,500 through Stand- 
ard Capital Co. Blumberg reports 
holding 10,000 common voting trust 
certificate warrants and Davie holds 
111,283 warrants through Standard" 

Thomas P. Loach reports acquir- 
ing 300 shares of Monogram $1 par 
common to bring his total common 
holdings to 700 shares. He also holds 
6,173 options for common. 

Trans Lux report states Robert 
Daine has disposed of 200 shares of 
$1 par common and now holds 2,800 

Report of General Theaters Equip- 
ment states Edward C. Delafield has 
acquired 100 shares of capital no 
par value representing his full hold- 
ings. Earle G. Hines acquired 500 
shares bringing his total to 1,500 
shares and R. B. Larue added 100 
shares for a total of 500 shares. 

Bergen May Produce 
For UA or RKO Radio 

(Continued from Page 1) 

either company. The deal, he add 
must be one that would "do right b 

Bergen leaves Friday for Nasi 
ville where he expects to pick "| 
Stinson plane he recently purc^-^c 
and then proceed on to the Coast. 

Coast SPG Authorizes 
Affiliation With SPAG 

(Continued from Page 1) 

resolution for affiliation proposed h 
the SPAG, and with plans for th 
setting up of a national organization 
the Eastern guild will now be knov 
as the Screen Publicists Guild < 
New York. 

SPG delegates will meet in Holh 
wood next month for a constitution; 
convention on the natinal Guild 

UA Closes Ohio Deals 

Cleveland — Matt Goodman, Unite 
Artists branch manager, has close 
100 per cent product deals for th 
1940-41 output with Ray Wallace fc 
his Alliance houses, with Sam Reicl 
blum for the Columbia, East Livei 
pool and with F. H. Hathaway fc 
his circuit in Campbell, Struther: 
Hubbard and Canfield. 

Baxley Forms Holding Co. 

Houston, Tex. — The Park Plac 
Theater Properties, which plans t 
operate a string of theaters in Hou; 
ton, has been incorporated by L. ( 
Baxley, formerly associated wit 
Interstate Theaters at Dallas; O. Ci 
Ballard and W. E. Wygant. Th 
new firm will be a holding con 
any for theaters headed by Baxle; 


Klements Convalescing 

Miami, Fla. — Walter Klement; 
booker for Wometco Theaters, Inc 
is convalescing in a hospital follov 
ing a recent operation. 



under-water scenes provide many ex- 
citing moments in Edward Small's 
spectacular South Seas adventure- 


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ntimate in Character 
nternational in Scope 
ndependent in Thought 


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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

OL. 78, NO. 8 





'athe News Will Cover Dem. Convention For Tele 

Sarks First Important Tieup 
i letween NBC and Films; 
hots Exclusively for Tele 

Pathe News will cover the Demo- 
atic national convention for NBC 

levision and will ship approxi- 

tely 1,000 feet of film daily from 

licago to New York for transmis- 

on over NBC's tele station, 

2XBS. This arrangement, com- 
eted yesterday, is said to be the 

st important tie-up between NBC 
elevision and the motion picture 

It was pointed out that the Pathe 
tots will be made exclusively for 

levision and will be flown to New 
ork, where they will be telecast 
aily at 3:30 P.M. and 9 P.M. 

•ara.'s CBS "Buy" 
aid Due to Tele 

'ashington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Details of the trans- 
ition by which Paramount in 1929 
lught an interest in CBS, were re- 
galed yesterday before the Senate 
iterstate Commerce Committee 
- hich is holding hearings on the re- 
jDpointment of Thad H. Brown to 
le FCC for a seven-year term. 
Ralph F. Colin, general counsel of 

(Continued on Page 6) 

LTSE to Make Television 
[urvey on the West Coast 

Chicago — Prexy George E. Browne 
: the IATSE has designated a spe- 
lal committee to make a survey of 
lie television situation on the West 
loast. Survey will be from the oper- 
|:ors' viewpoint especially. 

Hear Franh Walher 
May Succeed Farley 

Chicago — Frank C. Walker, president 
of Comerford-Publix Theaters Corp. and 
vice-president of the MPTOA, is being 
prominently mentioned here as a possible 
successor to James A. Farley as chairman 
of the Democratic National Committee. 
This is on the assumption that Farley 
will step down, following the convention 
next week. Walker is former head of 
the National Emergency Council and a 
friend of the President. 

"Loud of Liberty," Industry's Fair Film, 

to be Re-edited for Release to Theaters 

"The Land of Liberty," produced by the film industry for showing at the two 
World's Fairs, will be re-edited, brought up to date and released to theaters throughout 
the country. Original plan was to make the picture available to educational institutions 
only, but that proposal has been shelved in favor of general release to theaters. 

"Definite Progress 
In Suit Settlement 

Conferences in regard to settle- 
ment of the Government suit by con- 
sent decree resulted in "definite 
progress" yesterday, it was learned 
following the day's parley. 

It was said that an understand- 
ing on problems and issues formerly 
regarded as stumbling blocks was 
near and that the situation appeared 
more hopeful than it had been for 
some time. 

While details were withheld by 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Blank Heads Para. Group's 
Patriotic Service Dept. 

Chicago — A. H. Blank of Des 
Moines has been named chairman of 
the newly organized patriotic service 
department for Paramount theater 
operators in the Middle and Far 
West. New department will co- 
ordinate Paramount theaters' par- 
ticipation in Red Cross and other 
patriotic drives. 

Barney Balaban said in New York 
yesterday that similar groups had 
been formed by other Paramount 
partners in the South and West. 

N. W. Allied Elects 
New Directors 

Minneapolis — New board of direc- 
tors was elected at the opening 
session of the Northwest Allied con- 
vention at the Nicollet Hotel yes- 
terday. New board members con- 
sist of Clarence Kaake of Duluth; 
A. Anderson of Faribault C. Dan- 
ielson of Mable; R. G. Risch of Ap- 
pleton; E. L. Peaslee of Stillwater; 
Don Buckley of Redwood Falls; Sol 
Lebedof of Minneapolis and Hiller 
Hoffman of St. Paul— all from Min- 
nesota. All balloting was closed 
despite objections from some mem- 
bers who favored open balloting. 
Ben Ashe will probably be the choice 
of the convention for executive sec- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Korda Exam, in Goldwyn's 
Suit Deferred to Sept. 16 

On stipulation of both parties, Fed- 
eral Judge William Bondy yesterday 
ordered a postponement of the ex- 
amination of Alexander Korda to 
Sept. 16 in connection with Gold- 
wyn's suit against United Artists. 
Korda is to submit all records of his 
dealings with UA and with London 
Films Productions, Ltd., at the ex- 

industry to Aid Red Cross 

Mai. I-- E- Thompson Heads Drive Committee 

New Firm to Make Pix 
In English and Spanish 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — International Pictures, 

Inc., has been formed to produce 

pictures in English and Spanish. 

Alexis Thurn-Taxis is president; Ed- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

A committee to draw up tentative 
plans for an industry drive for Red 
Cross funds in October has been ap- 
pointed by the executive committee 
of the MPPDA. The group is com- 
posed of independent and circuit the- 
ater representatives and include the 

Joseph Bernhard, Warner Bros.; 
(Continued on Page 4) 

British Trade Board Rules 
UK Blocked Money Cannot 
Be Used for Empire Films 

London (By Cable) — Ruling 
that blocked currency in the 
U.K. can not be used by Ameri- 
can companies to finance production 
in Canada or Australia, the Board of 
Trade yesterday dealt a blow to Can- 
adian hopes of bringing American 
production to the Dominion. 

At the same time, when ques- 
tioned as to whether or not films 
produced by American companies in 
Dominions would be subject to re- 

(Contimted on Page 4) 

Portable Circuits 
Active in Midwest 

St. Louis — Dozen-odd portable cir- 
cuits are playing one night stands 
in small towns in Eastern Missouri, 
Southern Illinois, Northwestern Ar- 
kansas, Southeastern Iowa and 
Western Kentucky this summer, 
checkup shows. 

Merchant-sponsored, with admis- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Physical Rehabilitation 
Of Para. Houses Planned 

Chicago — New program of phy- 
sical rehabilitation of various Para- 
mount theater properties was dis- 
cussed here yesterday at a meeting 
of executives and partners. Defense 
tax and reaction of patrons through- 
out the country also were under dis- 

"Syracuse" to Open 
in 3 Syracuse Spots 

Syracuse, N. Y. — RKO-Schine pool here 
will devote three houses — Keith's, Para- 
mount and Eckel — to the world premiere 
of "The Boys From Syracuse," Jules 
Levey production for Universal, on July 
18. Triple opening is set for 7:30 p.m. 
with p.a.'s by Joe Penner, Bud Abbott, 
Lou Costello, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz 
Hart and Charles Coburn, among others. 
It's the town's first gala. Penner, Eric 
Blore, Constance Moore and Peggy 
Moran will head the Hollywood dele- 
gation flying East. Following pre- 
miere, pix will continue only at Keith's. 


Thursday, July 11, 1940 

Vol. 78, No. 8 Thurs., July 11, 1940 10 Cents 

JOHN W. ALICOATE : : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : Ceneral Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

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i (Wednesday, July 10) 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 7 7 7 

Col. Picts. vtc. (2l/ 2 %) 

Columbia Picts. pfd.. 17l/ 2 17]/ 2 17l/ 2 + % 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

East. Kodak 120 119 1191/2— 1/4 

do pfd 

Cen. Th. Eq 9i/ 4 9'/ 4 9V4 

Loew's, Inc 24'/ 4 23% 23% — % 

do pfd 

Paramount 5% 5 5% 

Paramount 1st pfd 

Paramount 2nd pfd. . . 7l/ 2 71/2 7l/ 2 

Pathe Film 8 7% 8 + Vi 

RKO New 3 2% 3 

20th Century-Fox . . . 6l/ 2 6% 6l/ 2 

20th Century-Fox pfd. 15 y 4 15% 15%— Vs 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Wawer Bros 2% 2V4 2i/ 4 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46 

Loew's deb. 3V 2 s46.103 103 103 + 1/4 
Para. B'way 3s55. ... 45 45 45 +1 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv. 3 V 4 s47 83 83 83 

Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 79l/ 2 79% 79% + % 

Monogram Picts % 1/2 % + Vs 

Sonotone Corp 



Universal Corp. vtc 

Universal Picts 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 

Fox Thea. Office Bldg. 1st '46 

Loew's Thea. Realty 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45 63% 65% 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

Tri-States May Convert 
Nabe as Tele-News House 

Des Moines, la. — Tri-States The- 
ater Corp. has under consideration 
a Tele-News house using news reels 
only. Plan is to make over nabe 
house where B.O. is down. Deal is 
still in tentative stage. 


Provincial Boards to be Established First, Dominion Governing 
Body Later, Says Nathanson 

Canadian film industry's plan for 
a system of conciliation boards is 
expected to become operative this 
Fall, according to N. L. Nathanson, 
head of Famous Players Canadian 
Corp., who is in New York. Nathan- 
son said the provincial boards would 
be established first and a national, 
or Dominion governing body, would 
be set up later. 

Meanwhile, reports from Toronto 
indicate that work on the establish- 

ment of the boards has been held up 
temporarily so that all concerned 
can give their fullest efforts to the 
Canadian film industry's campaign 
to raise $1,000,000 for the war fund. 
Shows, admission free upon pur- 
chase of War Savings Stamps, will 
be held across Canada next Monday 
night and work on the conciliation 
plan will be resumed shortly after 
that date. 

Pacific National Theaters i Ala. Supreme Court Will 
Receiver Appointed in Del. Hear Theater Game Case 

Wilmington, Del.— Wm. H. Foulk 
of this city yesterday was appointed 
receiver of Pacific National Theaters, 
Inc., a dissolved corporation of the 
state of Delaware, by order of Chan- 
cellor William Watson Harrington, 
acting upon motion of Howard 
Duane, solicitor for Margaret M. 
Stevens and W. Ernest Choate, com- 
plainants in the New Castle County 
Chancery Court action against Paci- 
fic National. 

The theater company and its rep- 
resentatives were ordered by the 
chancellor to deliver the company's 
property and effects to the receiver, 
and were enjoined from receiving, 
collecting or compromising any debts 
or other choses in acticn due or be- 
longing to Pacific National and from 
selling or transferring any property 
of the company to any persons other 
than the receiver. 

Book Premiums Fading 
In Chi., Gaining in West 

Chicago — Robert Gordon of Con- 
solidated Book Publishers, says that 
while the demand from the Chicago 
theaters for book premiums is taper- 
ing off, it is offset by increased de- 
mand from the Wisconsin and West 
Coast theaters. Edward Cramer, is 
handling the sales in southern Cali- 
fornia and Robert Lippert in north- 
ern California. Among the books in 
demand as premiums are 20-volume 
set of classics, 5 volume dictionary, 
15-volume Encyclopedia and the 
Wonder books. 

No Scale Set by Operators 
For Slot Machine Service 

Chicago — John Smith, business 
agent for the Chicago operators 
union, denies any scale has been set 
for servicing film slot machines and 
iavs this matter will be taken up, 
when the machines are readv for 
actual operation, in the Chicago 

R. G. (Casey) Edinger Dies 

Denver — R. G. (Casey) Edinger, 
56, owner and manager of the Zaza 
theater, died at his home after a 
short illness. 

Mobile, Ala.— Trial of Ricardo 
Montiel, Saenger Theater manager, 
for alleged violation of lottery laws 
based on the operation of "Bank 
Nights" at his theater, has been de- 

Montiel's attorney made a com- 
plaint seeking to enjoin officers from 
interfering with the "Bank Nights" 
on the grounds that other lotteries 
(church Bingo games, etc.) were 
running wide open. The judge up- 
held the solicitor's motion to strike 
this complaint and Montiel's attor- 
ney appealed to the Supreme Court. 

Film Safety Vaults 
Considered in England 

London (By Mail) — Question of 
safe storage vaults for motion pic- 
ture films in face of active invasion 
of Great Britain is receiving special 
consideration. Devon and Cornwall 
branch of the CEA has instructed 
its secretary to take action looking 
to a reserve of films to be available 
in Plymouth and Cornwall at the 
expense of the branch. 

Other branches are expected to 
taks similar war mesaures. 

The KRS has also taken the mat- 
ter under consideration. 

No National Release Date 
For Walt Disney Festival 

RKO is setting no national release 
date for its Walt Disney Festival, 
nackas'e show embracing "Snow 
White" and four Disney shorts, it 
was learned yesterday. Sectional 
availability will be tied to kev first- 
runs, with RKO asking "A" pix 
treatment for the show. 

RKO Palace, Chicago, 
May Reopen July 26 

Chicago — RKO will reopen the 
Palace Theater here on July 26, it 
was reported last night. 

Two-Day Intermission 

Syracuse — Franklin theater, oper- 
ated by Rap Merriman, is closing 
Wednesday and Thursday for the 

COminG and G0IDG 

LAUDY LAURENCE, Metro's European man- 
ager, his wife and son, and his assistant, ARTHUR 
FIELD, arrive today from Lisbon on the Clipper. 

MADELEINE CARROLL also arrives today on 
the Clipper. 

WALTER FUTTER arrives here this week on 
the Washington. /fo 

EARLE W. HAMMONS leaves for Hollyfc. 

York union execs., have left for the Coast on 
IATSE business. 

PATRICIA MORRISON leaves Hollywood to- 
morrow to continue a personal appearance tour. 

ADRIENNE AMES is in Rochester to take 
part in the Rochester Drama Festival. 

JACK BERKSON, of Mohawk Films, is ir 
Chicago on business. 

SAM DEMBOW, Paramount Theater exec, re- 
turns today from Chicago. 

BEN BLOOMF1ELD, manager of B & K's Up- 
town Theater, Chicago, and his family are spend- 
ing their vacation on the West Coast. 

SEYMOUR SIMON, special assistant to ths 
Attorney General, has returned to New Yorl 
from Chicago where he attended the marriagi 
of his sister. 

ELI FINK, of the Spitz & Adcock law office 
Chicago, goes to the Coast next month to rata 
depositions in the Fannie Brice vs. 20th-Fo: 

WILL BRISCOE, manager of B & K's Cin. • 
Theater, Chicago, leaves for an extended vaca 
tion to the West Coast this week. 

SAM LEVINE, co-manager of Jones, Linicl 
& Schaefer's Oriental Theater, Chicago, i 
vacationing with friends in New Jersey. 

ALEX RAVDIN, manager of the Capitol, Rich 
mond, is vacationing in New York. 

TOM DONALDSON, Metro's New Haven man 
ager, is visiting his mother in Berlin, N. H. 

MORRIS JACOBSON of Strand Amusement 
Bridgeport, Conn., is spending a long week-em 
in Detroit. 

BOB MUNZNER, assistant manager of th 
College, New Haven, is fishing at Lake Sabago 

WALTER 8. COKELL, treasurer of Paramoun 
Pictures, is here from the Coast. 

Olsen and Johnson's Ice 
Show for Warner House? 

Deal is being talked between War 
ners and Olsen and Johnson to pu 
on an ice show at Warners 51st St 
theater, formerly the Hollywood 
If negotiations go through, the sho\ 
would open about the same time th 
Sonja Henie show goes into the Cen 
ter Theater this fall. Engineers ar 
now redesigning the Hollywood stag 
in preparation for the show. 








Reunited! Jeanette 
MacDonald and 
Nelson Eddy! And 
the Cash Register 
is Red Hot! 




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Reunited/ Mickey 
Rooney and Judy 
Garland. They're 
topping sensational 
"Babes in Arms J 'l 


It's WINTER at 

the Box' Office 

1 ^ when you play 

M'G'M's Summer 



"NEW MOON"- 2nd Week of S. R. O. Biz at Columbus, Cleveland, Baltimore, 
Harrisburg, Hartford, New Haven, Washington, D. C, Denver, Salt Lake, San Francisco, 
Spokane, Los Angeles (Playing 2 Theatres Day and Date). And More to Come! 

ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE 7 —2nd Record Breaking Week at Columbus, 
Cleveland, Dayton, Hartford, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas 
City,' Louisville, Providence, Reading. And More Every Day! 



Thursday, July 11, 194 

Film Industry 
To Aid Red Cross 

{Continued from Page 1) 

Harry Brandt, ITOA; Col. H. A. 
Cole, Allied president; Leonard Gol- 
denson, Paramount; Ed Kuykendall, 
MPTOA president; C. C. Moskowitz, 
Loew's; Robert Poole, Pacific Coast 
Conference; Spyros Skouras, Na- 
tional Theaters; Mai'or L. E. Thomp- 
son, RKO; Walter Vincent, MPTOA, 
-nd Nathan Yamins, Allied. Major 
Thompson is chairman. 

Pittsburgh Variety Club 
To Stage Turtle Derby 

Pittsburgh— Variety Club of Pitts- 
burgh will sponsor a National Tur- 
tle Derby at either Forbes Field or 
the Gardens here in September to 
raise $75,000 for its charities, which 
include free milk for children in 
all institutions and the maintenance 
of Camp O'Connell, vacation camp 
for underprivileged youngsters. 

John H. Harris, national chief 
barker of the Variety Clubs, is gen- 
eral chairman of the Derby, with 
Harry Kalmine, Warner exec, as 
"sales manager of turtles." 

Derby will have $1,000 grand 
prize, and 10 prizes of $100 each 
for winners of 10 heats. Entry fee 
for each turtle will be $10. 

Pittsburgh Derby will be the sec- 
ond this summer under Variety Club 
auspices. Dallas Club has one set 
for August. 

Murtha, Scoppa to Coast 
To Settle IATSE Dispute 

Thomas Murtha, business agent of 
Local 4, Brooklyn stagehands and 
also president of the New York Cen- 
tral Trades and Labor Council, and 
Sal Scoppa, business agent of Local 
52, studio mechanics, have been dele- 
gated by George E. Browne, IATSE 
prexy to serve as a two-man com- 
mittee to adjudicate a jurisdictional 
dispute between several IA Coast 
unions. Union execs, arrive in Hol- 
lywood tomorrow from New York, 
with the probability that they will 
stay there until they have a com- 
plete set of recommendations to 
hand to Browne. 




Walter Wanger 

Sally Blane 



T T ▼ 

• • • THAT up-state exhib. who insists upon translating 

Metro's proud motto "Ars Gratia Artis" as "Consistency, thou 

art a jewel" mebbe isn't so far wrong at that For who is 

there to deny that when it comes to production performance ....... 

and selling performance. .... .Metro boasts a record that is second 

to none That goes for the torrid months no less than for those 

other months in the September to May period The present 

year of grace is no exception to the rule 

T T T 

• • • From around the country recently have come 

reports of the exceptional biz done by Metro's "New Moon" 

and this includes Loew, those situations where the circuit 

played the musical as a single feature although the 

usual policy calls for duals Right on the heels of "New 

Moon" Metro has provided "Andy Hardy Meets Debu- 
tante" and is this newest in the series clicking!!! 

T T T 

• • • ON the basis of the 25 opening engagements "Deb- 
utante" has leaped into first place over all previous grossers for 

the series and up to last night Metro had been advised of 

11 holdovers Towns include Atlanta, Houston, Dayton, Indianapolis 

Louisville, Columbus, Hartford Providence, Reading, Milwaukee 

and Detroit Incidentally and importantly "Debutante" is re- 
ported topping biz done by "Babes in Arms" And so history 

meaning Andy Hardy repeats for two years ago you may re- 
call "Love Finds Andy Hardy" was a top July grosser 

And in July last year "Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever" 

similarly stood out like "Ars Gratia Artis" itself 

T ▼ T 

e • • Didja notice that on the same day Herman 

Wobber disclosed that Howard Hughes will produce two 

features for distribution by 20th Century -Fox the SEC 

revealed that Hughes through the Hughes Tool Co., of 

Houston had doubled his stock holdings in Transcontinental 

& Western Air, Inc with the result that he now owns approx- 
imately 35% of the latter" s total shares on the market 

It is through Hughes Tool, incidentally that the producer- 
flyer just recently received permits for experimental tele- 
vision stations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco . 

Screen, aviation, television. .. .can you name a combo with 

greater potentialities ... .in this free America 

V T T 

• • • STUFF Frank Phelps, Warner theaters' labor chieftain, 

won the senior golf tournament at the Westchester Country Club last 
Sunday Edgar Bergen is exhibiting Charley McCarthy at the Gen- 
eral Foods exhibit at the New York World's Fair Monroe Greenthal 

has completed his UA field exploitation staff with the exception of the 

fellow who will handle the Detroit territory H. M. Richey is attending 

the Northwest Allied convention in Minneapolis Congrats, to A. W. 

Roth, pioneer Chicago exhib. and dean of Windy City showmen, now 

celebrating his 50th year in show biz Harry Carey, grand old 

trouper, due here from the Coast Saturday en route to Skowhegan, Me., 
where he'll appear with son Steven in a straw hat production of "Ah, 

Wilderness" Oscar Serlin has signed Clifford Odets to dramatize 

"Nijinsky" to which he owns both screen and stage rights Reginald 

Denham and not Sir Cedric Hardwicke will direct the Warner-backed 
stage production of "Jupiter Laughs," Dr. A. J. Cronin's first play 

« « « 

» »> »♦ 

Canadian Producing 
Hopes Dealt Blow 

(Continued from Page 1) 

strictions that would entail the r 
turn to the Dominion of all dolh 
revenues earned from such films 
exhibition in the U. S., the Boa^ 
stated that no opinion could _ 
handed down until such a conc^ 
case was presented. 

It is expected here that Canadia 
pressure will be brought to bear 
effect some compromise agreemei! 
that would give American compi 
nies a break to induce them to prd 
duce some pictures in CanadJ 
Meanwhile indignation over, aif 
criticism of, the new rulings coJ 
tinues to mount, with several sul 
jects being hotly debated and col 
tested by both exhibitors and dij 

Insofar as Empire films servii 
as quota pictures goes, the Boai 
stated that there would be a stri 
selectivity put on such films, wi 
propaganda films probably gettii 
preference over straight entertai 
ment features. 

Discussions have been instigated < 
remittance percentages for Ame: 
can companies to work out a bas 
for the next remittance installment 
which will be based on current bus 
ness. Overage and underage 
companies compared to their la 
percentages may reshuffle the 
mittances to quite an extent, it 

Willkie Short Print Order 
Up 25%; Booked Solid 

Print allotment for the "Inform 
tion Please" short "starring" We 
dell Willkie has been increased by i 
per cent and every unit is booke 
solid, Harry Michalson, short su 
ject sales manager for RKO Rad 
Pictures, said yesterday. 

Michalson stated practically evei 
major circuit will play the shoi 
Thus far, it has been booked 
RKO, Warners, Fox, Interstat 
Schine, Great States and Loew's. 

Richard Von Zakobiel Dead 

Milwaukee — Richard Von Zak 
biel, operator of the Roxy, Nor 
side nabe house for the past eigl 
years, is dead here. Survivors a' 
his wife, three brothers and tv 

iVazi Film Screened 
in Capitol Building 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Exhibition of a film de- 
picting Germany's invasion of the Low 
Countries in the Capitol's House Office 
Building caucus room Tuesday night for 
an invited Congressional audience, with 
Rep. Ross Collins, D., Miss., as the re- 
ported host, brought sharp criticism yes- 
terday from members present. Bids to 
the screening contained a request that 
publicity be avoided. Critics of the 
screening called the film simon-pure 







R D SMALL /i*e±en& 



Victor McLaglen • JON HALL • Frances Farmer 

star of 'The Hurricane' 


Screen play by GEORGE BRUCE • Directed by ALFRED E. GREEN 




* the battle of the lagoon . . white men dynamiting native war canoes! & the undersea adventures of 
the daring pearl divers! * the sinuous measures of the luau, native dance of love! * the sailing ship 
adrift in the tropic seas . . manned by a dead crew! ond espeeiafly... the romance of Jon (Hurricane) 
Hall and Shanghai Ruby (Frances Farmer) as they find love beneath those torrid tropic stars! 




Thursday, July 11, 1941 

Para.'s CBS "Buy 
Said Due to Tele 

{Continued from Page 1) 

CBS, gave the committee the details 
of the financial transaction. He tes- 
tified that at the time, Paramount- 
Famous Lasky Corp. decided that, 
because of developments in the tele- 
vision field which seemed imminent, 
it desired to acquire one-half inter- 
est in CBS. After prolonged nego- 
tiations, he said, Paramount agreed 
to buy and CBS stockholders agreed 
to sell such interest for $5,000,000. 
Paramount's offer was contingent on 
CBS earning net profits of $2,000,000 
in the two following years, Colin 

He testified that workings of the 
transaction called for Para, to pay 
$5,000,000 by delivering 58,823 shares 
of its own stcck, which had a market 
value at the time of much less than 
$5,000,000, but agreed to buy the 
stock back at $85 per share for a 
total of $5,000,000, regardless of the 
market price. 

CBS divided its stock in half, mak- 
ing it "A" and "B" shares, Colin 
told the committee, giving Para- 
mount all the "A" stock with the 
right to elect half the board. Cclin 
then said Para.'s stock had between 
1929 and 1932 fallen far below the 
$85 price, and stated of the original 
58,823 shares, Columbia stockholders 
had 47,484 shares. He said the holders 
of this stock learned that Paramount, 
being unwilling to deplete its own 
cash position, had decided to sell its 
CBS stock to put itself in funds to 
repurchase its own shares. Para- 
mount, after further negotiations, 
put a price of $5,200,000 on the CBS 
stock it owned, he said. 

Colin then related that the group 
of CBS stockholders who held the 
Paramount stock negotiated with a 
group of bankers who were willing 
to buy a substantial part of Para- 
mount's Columbia stock if they could 
acquire it at a price they considered 
favorable. The price set by Para- 
mount of $5,200,000 for the entire 
63,250 shares amounted to $83.21 a 
share, and upon completion of an 
independent investigation, the bank- 
ers offered to invest $2,000,000 on 
this basis, he testified. CBS stock- 
holders also considered $82.21 a share 
an advantageous price and accepted 
the bankers' offer, re-acquired part 
c<f the stock sold Paramount, retired 
the remaining part to the CBS treas- 
ury and sold to the banking group 
a portion of the CBS stock they had 

The hearing resumes after the 
Democratic convention. 

Miller as Barrymore Receiver 

Samuel A. Miller yesterday was 
appointed by Federal Judge William 
A. Bondy, ancillary receiver of the 
estate of John Barrymore in New 
York, in reference to a petition for 
an arrangement filed on June 5 in 
California. Testimony of witnesses 
will be taken before referee Robert 
P. Stephenson in connection with 
Barrymore's interest in the play 
"My Dear Children." 

it REVIEWS Of THE flEW flLflFIS ;< 

"You're Not So Tough" 

with Nan Grey, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall 
Universal 71 Mins. 


The conventional plot of the boy palm- 
ing himself off on the widow who lost 
her son as the long lost offspring serves 
again as the theme of this release. How- 
ever, the story is kept moving, the per- 
formances of the entire cast are good and 
Joe May directs the picture ably. 

A combination of the Dead End Kids 
and The Little Tough Guys is provided in 
the film, with Nan Grey, Henry Armetta 
and Rosina Galli also sharing top roles. Pic- 
ture can be sold to audiences receptive to 
the players and this type of film, but lack 
of names limits its sphere. 

Billy Halop, Huntz Hall and the rest of 
the gang live by their wits, mooching and 
stealing. They arrive at an itinerant camp 
and Halop and Hall mooch a meal from Nan 
Grey by a ruse. Later they are all thrown 
in jail by the sheriff when caught cheating 
in a crap game. 

The sheriff releases Halop and Hall to 
work on Miss Galli's ranch. Halop poses 
as her long lost son and eventually gets 
the rest of the gang work, while looking 
for her money. The boys turn honest when 
Miss Galli has troubles getting her crops 
to market and everything turns out for 
the best. 

CAST: Nan Grey, Henry Armetta, Rosina 
Galli, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, 
Bobby Jordan, Eddy Waller, Joe King, David 
Gorcey, Hally Chester, Harris Berger. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Kenneth 
Goldsmith; Director, Joe May; Screenplay, 
Arthur T. Horman; Original Story, Maxwell 
Aley; Cameraman, Elwood Bredell. 


Ala. Theaters Aid Red Cross 

Montgomery, Ala. — The Para- 
mount and the Empire Theaters 
staged midnight shows, giving all 
proceeds to the Red Cross fund for 
overseas sufferers. Tickets were 
sold at the regular price of 40 cents 
under auspices of Montgomery fire- 
men and the Junior Red Cross girls. 

Ida Lupino With Muni 

West Coast Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ida Lupino has been 
assigned by Warner Bros, to play op- 
posite Paul Muni in "High Sierra." 
She will soon star with John Garfield 
in "East of the River." 

Gertrude Niessen for Stage 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Gertrude Niessen has 
arrived here to consult with Boris 
Petrov on "Carmen from Kenosha," 
stage musical which will get a San 
Francisco tryout, with Broadway in 
view later. 

Polly Ann Young Cast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Loretta Young's sis- 
ter, Polly Ann Ycung, has been cast 
for a featured role in Hal Roach's 
"Road Show." 


with Judy Canova 
Republic 74 Mins. 


An evening's entertainment for every 
member of the family is supplied in this 
picture and Judy Canova's host of radio 
tans should be tickled with her opportuni- 
ties for hillbilly clowning. While there is 
nothing new about the story and the gags 
are mostly tried and true, the laughs come 
fast enough to satisfy most folks. 

Judy Canova's first screen lead should 
make her a new batch of friends. She 
sings several numbers in her own Ozark 
styie and carries off her part in good form. 
Balance of the cast is made up of reliable 
troupers, including Alan Mowbray as the 
movie director, Ruth Donnelly, Joseph Caw- 
thorn and Wallace Ford. Eddie Foy, Jr. is 
good as the temperamental director's assist- 
ant and idea man. 

Story is the old reliable about the director 
who is trying to find a new face to play 
in his new film but it is adequate to serve 
as a framework for the comedy. Eddie Foy, 
Jr. plants his girl friend on an Ozark farm 
so that his director boss can find her for 
the new film. The director gets his signals 
crossed, signs Judy and the balance of the 
tootage shows their efforts to get rid of 
the hillbilly gal. Of course she turns out 
to be the tind of the year. 

CAST: Judy Canova, Alan Mowbray, Ruth 
Donnelly, Eddie Foy, Jr., Joseph Cawthorn, 
Wallace Ford, Isabel Jewell, Luis Alberni, 
Billy Gilbert, Emmett Lynn, Jimmy Starr, Cal 
Shrum's Oang, Matty Malneck and Orches- 

CREDITS: Associate Producer and Direc- 
tor, Gus Mems; Original Screenplay, Jack 
Towniey, Val Burton; Additional Dialogue, 
Paul Conlan; Cameraman, Ernest Miller; 
Supervising Editor, Murray Seldeen; Film 
Editor, Ernest Nims; Art Director, John 
Victor Mackay; Musical Director, Cy Feuer. 

PHY, Good. 

Para. Studio Employes 
Granted Guild Shop 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Paramount Studio Of- 
fice Employes Ass'n has been 
granted guild shop with members 
to have two weeks' dismissal pay, 
credit for holiday, extension of ab- 
sence leave from one to three months 
without seniority loss, and two weeks' 
vacation for all employes with more 
than a year's standing. 

Ratoff Directs "Ballerina' 
For Paramount Pictures 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Gregory Ratoff will 
produce and direct "Ballerina" for 
Paramount. Loretta Young will be 
starred. Ratoff has just completed 
playing a featured role in the John 
Barrymore film, "The Great Profile" 
at 20th-Fox. 


"The Milky Way" 

M-G-M 8 mu" 

Grand Cartoon 

The further adventures of thi 
three little kittens (remember, thei 
lost their mittens?) of nursery 
rhyme fame. Producer Rudolph Isinj; 
tells the story of how, after they were 
sent to bed, they took a flying trir 
to the milky way where they finallj 
drank their surfeit of milk. A lot 
of fun. 

"Sink or Swim" 


Paramount 10 mins 

Good Life Saving Reel 

Methods of saving distressed swim- 
mers are demonstrated by a number 
of experts, ranging from a group of 
10-year old girls to a professional 
beach team. Interesting demonstra- 
tions include the crack Santa Monica 
beach patrol and a dramatic episode 
showing the rescue of a couple from 
a car which has gone through a 

"Porkey's Baseball Broadcast" 

(Looney Tune) 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 

Fair Cartoon 

Porky, as a stuttering announcer, 
stammers through his description of 
a burlesqued baseball game where 
the tickets are made and sold like 
hotcakes, the pitcher really explodes, 
Indians are scalpers, etc. Just fair. 

"Pacific Paradise" 

(Color Cruise) 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Good Hawaiian Shots 

Best parts of this reel of already 
well-photographed Hawaii, are the 
color closeups of tropical foilage on 
the island. Many of the native flow- 
ers are thus shown and named in the : 
narration. Also included are shots 
of homes and recreations, along with 
the usual surf scenes at Waikikl. Col- 
or in the flower closeups is good but 
some of the long shots are fuzzy. 

"Nurse Mates" 

(Popeye Cartoon) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Calm Cartoon 

If Popeye's fans expect the usual 
rough house fights between their ] 
hero and Bluto, they are going to be 
disappointed in this one. Instead they 
indulge in a couple of mild scuffles 
while tending L'il Swee'pea — and 
Popeye doesn't even eat the usual 
can of spinach! 

"The Ugly Dino" 

(Stone Age Cartoon) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Poor Cartoon 

A stone age version of the ugly 
duckling story showing how the not- 
so-pretty dino saves his brothers 
from the tiger and is reunited with 
the family. Put it down as poor. 

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N. W. Allied Elects 
New Directors 

(Continued from Page 1) 

retary. Nothing else was decided 
or voted on. 

Discussions were held on percent- 
age pictures and 16 mm. movies. 
Recommendations were made to the 
board members who will meet this 
morning at which time they will de- 
cide what Northwest Allied's stand 
will be on these two important ex- 
hib. problems. 

There was much discussion of pro- 
ducers selling pictures on the cur- 
rent year's program and then hold- 
ing them back for release next year. 
The session today is expected to 
take some action on this matter. 
New officers will also be elected to- 
day. Organization of a film buying 
group is expected to be on the day's 

W. A. "Al" Steffes, unit's prexy, 
was absent from the convention for 
the first time in many years, still 
convalescing from a heart attack 
suffered last winter at national Al- 
lied's Washington convention. 

New Firm to Make Pix 
In English and Spanish 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ward V. Rawlings vice-presi 
charge of productions; G. 
Biedermann vice-president in 
of sales. 

International will make 
Cavalier" starring Gilbert 
and it will be released by 
gram, Biedermann having 
tiated the deal. 

dent in 







Report "Definite Progress' 
In Suit Settlement 

(Continued from Page 1) 

conferees, it is known that the is- 
sues which have been giving the 
greatest trouble recently are those 
involving block-booking and blind- 

Korda Setting Campaign 
For "Thief of Bagdad" 

Alexander Korda is backing up his 
forthcoming "Thief of Bagdad" with 
one of the most extensive advertis- 
ing and publicity campaigns launch- 
ed in years, the program calling for 
merchandise tie-ups, window dis- 
plays, magazine and newspaper ad- 
vertising. Nearly 14,000,000 retail 
items are involved in the tie-ups 
which range from books and toys to 
textiles and wearing apparel. Korda 
is developing the campaign here 
with Morris Helprin. 

No Free Camera? 

Chicago — With a triple feature pro- 
gram, "Free, Blonde and 21," "The 
Farmer's Daughter" and "On the Spot," 
Ludwig Sussman, operator of the Adelphi 
Theater, is also giving coupons, which 
can be used by patrons to secure an 
enlargement of any snapshot hand-colored 
in oils, without cost. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

A LFRED HITCHCOCK. Born, Aug. 13, 1900, London. Trained as an engineer, 
*» but later turned to the study of art. While working in an advertising 
agency he also wrote titles for silent films. Joined Famous-Players, which was 
then making films at Islington. Became the senior director at the B.I. P. studios at 
Elstree. Later joined Gaumont-British. Directed pictures in England, Germany 
and in 1939 came to Hollywood. Has been in mmmm mm??v~ 
the picture business for 15 years. Won the New 
York Critics' Award for "39 Steps," in 1938. Since 
then America has seen his "The Lady Vanishes" 
and "Jamaica Inn." His 1940 Selznick film "Re- 
becca" is making screen history. Recently com- 
pleted the direction of "Foreign Correspondent" 
for Walter Wanger Productions-United Artists re- 
lease. Signed by RKO-Radio to direct two film 
features, by special arrangement with Selznick 
International. The pictures will be "Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith," starring Carole Lombard, and "Before the 
Fact." Married to Alma Reville, scenario writer. 
Has dark hair and dark eyes, medium height. 

"I Married Adventure' 
To Bow in at Chanute 

Chanute, Kan. — Columbia's Osa 
Johnson pix, "I Married Adventure," 
will have its world premiere in this, 
her home town, on July 21. 

Pix was first booked for Chanute 
by Ray Walsh's Main Street The- 
ater, a Columbia account for many 
years. C. P. Forbes, manager of 
the competing house, the Fox-Skou- 
ras People's Theater arranged with 
Walsh to waive his exclusive first- 
run rights for this showing. 

Osa Johnson plans to appear at 
the premiere provided previous per- 
sonal commitments can be adjusted. 

Globe Completes First 
Subjects for "Panorams' 

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks 
Loom as Film Competition 

Berkeley, Calif. — Local theaters 
face two new sources of competi- 
tion. The Berkeley Recreation Cen- 
ter is constructing a 16-alley bowl- 
ing center, and a half block away, a 
large ice skating rink is under con- 
struction. Both will be in operation 
this Fall. 

Indianapolis — Iceland, Inc., will 
open a new indoor ice-skating rink 
here in late September. Construc- 
tion on the new 75 x 100 foot rink 
will begin in August. The building 
will accommodate 1,200 spectators. 

Neighborhood Theaters 
Gets Farmville Houses 

Farmville, Va. — William Rippard, 
manager and partner in the Eaco 
and Lee Theaters, has announced 
that Neighborhood Theaters, Inc., 
with home office in Richmond, will 
take over the two theaters Aug. 1. 
Russell Williams, of Pulaski, will be 
resident manager for the circuit. 

Colo. Exhib. Kills Self 

Lafayette, Colo. — James F. Car- 
per, theater owner here since 1919, 
wrote "I couldn't stand it any more" 
and fired a bullet into his head, 
dying instantly. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Globe Productions has 
completed its first reel of eight sub- 
jects to be used in the coin-operated 
"panorams" manufactured by Mills 
Novelty Co. The "soundies" are 
based on musical numbers and ar- 
rangements and will be released 
shortly to operators of the cabinet 
projectors in various public places. 

Within six months, Mills expects 
to manufacture and distribute more 
than 10,000 of the "panorams" and 
Globe expects to provide weekly 
changes of program. 

Eight subjects that make up the 
initial reel are "Darn That Dream," 
with Bill Roberts and Martha Mears, 
accompanied by Lorraine Page's 
girl orchestra; "Jungle Drums," 
with Carmen d'Antonio in Eddie Du- 
rant's musical arrangement; "Pa- 
rade of the Wooden Soldiers," with 
the Music Maids and Stearns and 
Deane; "Hold That Tiger," played 
by Victor Young and orchestra; 
"Row, Row, Row," featuring Joy 
Hodges, the Rio Brothers trio and 
Rudolf Friml, Jr.'s orchestra; "Ha- 
vana is Calling Me" with Bernice 
Parks and Theodore; "Song of the 
Islands," with the Music Maids and 
Dick Winslow's orchestra and Ha- 
waiian ensemble; "Sweet Sue," with 
the Six Hits and a Miss and Lor- 
raine Page's orchestra. 

Now "Her Second Mother" 

Mathilda Seiden's recently com- 
pleted Yiddish feature for Cinema 
Service Corp. has been retitled "Her 
Second Mother," it was announced 
yesterday. Picture originally was 
entitled "Who Am I?" 

New DeVry 16 mm. Catalog 

Chicago — The DeVry Corp. has 
published a new and revised 56-page 
booklet, listing films available for 
16 mm. users. 

Preparing "Stop Hitler" 

Jewel Prod, is preparing "Stop 
Hitler" for the indie roadshow mar- 

Portable Circuits 
Active in Midwest 

(Continued from Page 1) 

sion free, shows are designed a I 
trade lures. Program usually era,; 
braces a feature, several shorts an J 
a serial, the latter designed to brin. 
'em back for the next show. Iilffc 
exchanges here are the prinowj 
source of product. 

While many of the itinerants us 
16 mm. equipment, the Burdett 
Musser circuit and a few others us 
35 mm. Burdett-Musser do not re 
strict operations to the summer, co'v 
ering their towns from Sept. 15-Ma 
15 with shows indoors. Admissio 
is via certificates issued by mei 
chants to customers. 

The fine roads that now checke 
almost every part of the St. Loui 
trade territory have greatly increase 
ed the radius served by the theater 
in the larger towns, which is anothe 
reason why the merchants in th 
smaller communities must find way 
to keep their customers at hom( 

20th-Fox's "Maryland" 
Launched in Baltimore 

Baltimore — "Maryland" was du< 
premiered last night by 20th-Fox a 
the New and Center theaters to er, 
thusiastic audiences and crowds ii 
the streets and around the theater 
who turned out to see Tyrone Powei 
Annabella, Brenda Joyce and Nanc 
Kelly, here from the Coast for th ! 

The ballyhoo arranged by Charle 
E. McCarthy, director of advertis 
ing and publicity for 20th-Fox, an 
Morris Mechanic, managing directc 
of the two theaters, was in the tra 
ditional Hollywood style. 

At the Paddock Dinner at the Al' 
fred G. Vanderbilt estate Gov. O'Cor i 
nor presented Miss Joyce with a con: 
mission as honorary Governor an 
made Miss Kelly Deputy Secretar 
of State. 

Stars and company executives lef 
late last night fc(r New York. 

American Television Corp 
Receivers Nearing Marke^ 

American Television Corp. wi 
have its tele receivers, to be calle 
Videor, on the market by abor 
Aug. 1, it was said yesterday b 
Gene W. Latham, general sales marl 

Alfred E. Ekstrand, sound eng 
neer for Communicating System 
Inc., also has been appointed pre 
duction manager for American Tele 
vision, an affiliate. 

'Taint So, Says Nazis 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Persistent reports cur- 
rent in New York trade circles that Ger- 
many has banned American films from 
all Nazi-controlled territory were denied 
here yesterday at the German Embassy. 
The Embassy spokesman said that if such 
a decree had been issued, it would have 
been immediately advised. 

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nternational in Scope 
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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

OL. 78, NO. 9 




ndustry Faces 'Most Serious Crisis'— Schaefer 

KO Prexy Cites Situation 
esulting From War, Asks 
eduction in Reorg. Fees 

. Declaring that the film industry 
.ces "the most serious crisis in its 
story," George J. Schaefer, presi- 
•nt of RKO, in a petition filed in 
?deral Court yesterday, asked Fed- 
al Judge William Bondy to cut 

-organization fees for RKO. 

1 Schaefer contended that the war 
i«l brought about a loss of foreign 
arkets, a lessening of theater at- 
ndance abroad, restriction of with- 

(Coiitinued on Pa<ic 7) 


oew's Met. Circuit 
n Ad Policy Shift 

After 21 years of publication, 
oew's New York theaters will sus- 
?nd Loew's Weekly, a four-page 
loklet announcing attractions at 
le various houses, on July 18. A 
rge portion of the publishing and 
ailing cost will be diverted into 
lily newspaper advertising, accord- 
ig to Oscar A. Doob, advertising 
lector of Loew's. 
It is planned to publish a complete 

(Continued on Page 4) 

endell Berge Taken 
)ff N. Y. Equity Case 

'askington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Thurman Arnold, 
ssistant Attorney General in 
large of the anti-trust division, 
. j sterday announced that Wendell 
erge would be in charge of a new 
iti-trust suit filed agains the Pull- 

an Company. Berge had been ac- 
ve in the New York equity suit and 

sterday's action virtually takes 

m off that case. 



And Coffee, Too 

For 15 cents, here's what you got at 
the Comet Theater, Brooklyn, the other 
night: Two features ("The Thirteenth 
Cuest" and "They Came by Night"), 
the Louis-Codoy fight films, a Three 
Stooges comedy, Bengo, a money game, 
and a half-pound of coffee as a give- 


Gus Schaefer Named Northeastern Head; New Posts for 
Mclntyre, Cohen, Jacobs 

Ned E. Depinet, vice-president in 
charge of distribution for RKO Ra- 
dio, yesterday announced important 
changes in the sales field organiza- 
tion to take effect immediately. 

Gus Schaefer, whose transfer 
from the foreign sales division to 
domestic was disclosed at the recent 
sales convention, is appointed North- 
eastern distict manager with super- 
vision over the New Haven, Boston, 
Albany and Buffalo territories, for- 
merly in charge of Herb Maclntyre. 

Maclntyre moves to the West 
Coast as Western district manager 
covering the Los Angeles, San Fran- 

cisco, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake 
City and Denver offices. 

Harry Cohen, formerly Western 
district managear, becomes manager 
of the important Los Angeles ter- 
ritory, succeeding Newton Jacobs 
who will be given a new assignment 

In his new post as Western dis- 
trict manager, Maclntyre returns 
to the position he held with Pathe 
prior to the amalgamation with RKO 
in 1932. He will make his head- 
quarters in Los Angeles, while Gus 
Schaefer makes his in Boston. 

N. W. Allied Elects; Laugh Films Aid 
Ashe Loses to Strom Gulf Stales B. 0. 

Minneapolis — Something of a 
bombshell was thrown into yester- 
day's session rtf the Northwest Allied 
convention when Fred Strom, union 
operator of St. Paul, was elected ex- 
ecutive secretary. Ben Ashe was 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Nick, Former IA Vice-Prexy, 
Would Quash Indictment 

New Orleans — Leave them laugh- 
ing seems to be the answer to good 
box office in the Gulf States now 
that Summer heat and European 
war are giving residents jitters and 
conversation pieces. 

Films which are light in nature, 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Blake Starts Shooting 
Shorts for Talkavision 

St. Louis — Defense motions in 
behalf of John P. Nick, former 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Ben K. Blake yesterday started 
work on a series of shorts for Talka- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

itinerants Stir Hoosier Ire 

Indiana Theater Men to Ask State Relief 

"Snow White" Package 
Into Criterion July 27 

Walt Disney Festival show opens 
at the Criterion July 27 with re- 
issue of "Snow White" and four 
shorts comprising the program. 
Shorts are: "The Ugly Duckling," 
"The Three Littlie Pigs," "Ferdinand 
The Bull," and "Donald'% Lucky 

Indianapolis — Aroused by the fact 
that opposition by itinerant exhibs. 
this summer has reached a new high, 
Hoosier theater owners and opera- 
tors are reported planning an ap- 
peal for legislative relief at the next 
session of the Indiana Legislature: 

A state law requiring license fees 
for all forms of transient entertain- 
ment was repealed at the 1937 ses- 
sion, with the result that Indiana 
(Continued on Page 7) 

MPTO of St. Louis Takes 
The Lead in Movement by 
Appeal to Congressmen 

St. Louis — Asserting that the Fed- 
eral admission tax, as now consti- 
tuted, "seems to place a premium 
on 'chiseling' by unfair business 
men — action that threatens the en- 
tire price structure of the theater 
industry as well as the success of 
the tax legislation, itself," the MPTO 
of St. Louis, Eastern Missouri and 
Southern Illinois is petitioning Con- 
gress to amend the tax measure by 
eliminating all exemption on theater 

Such action by Congress would 
start the tax at one cent rather than 

(Continued on Page 8) 

N. Y. Allied Joining 
MPTOA Before Aug. 1 

Allied of New York will retain 
the same name when, and if, the 
organization affiliates with the 
MPTOA. Indications are that New 
York Allied definitely will vote in 
favor of MPTOA affiliation at a 
meeting to be held shortly. 

It is understood that immediate 
alignment with the national organi- 
zation was held up so that the New 

(Continued on Page 7) 

ATAHT Seen by Warners 
As Outstanding Grosser 

On the basis of record breaking 
business being rolled up by ATAHT 
throughout the country, Warner 
execs, yesterday predicted the pic- 
ture would be one of the biggest 
grossers in the company's history. 
At the Music Hall in New York it 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Barging In on B. ©.? 

Sea Bright, N. J. — Jersey shore exhibs. 
are wondering what effect the Barge 
Theater may have on their business. 
Peppy De Albrew has purchased the sea- 
going barge "Eleanor" which he is con- 
verting into an outdoor theater. It will 
be tied up at the Sea Bright Yacht Club 
wharf and one-act shockers presented. 


Vol. 78, No. 9 Fri., July 12, 1940 

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Alexander Expects 1,000 
More Theaters to Sign Up 

Alexander Film Co. expects to 
sign up 1,000 more film theaters for 
its short-length advertising films 
this year, according to J. Don Alex- 
ander, prexy. 

Company's business is said to be 
running 35 per cent ahead of last 
year at the present time. 

Exhibitors' aggregate revenue 
from screen advertising, via Alex- 
ander, is reported at $1,000,000 for 

Wash. Nazi Pix Aimed 
To Show Mechanized War 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Nazi war film 
showing incident on Capitol Hill was 
considered closed yesterday follow- 
ing statements by Representative 
Ross A. Collins (D., Miss.), sponsor 
of the showing and E. B. Hatrick, 
general manager of News of the 
Day in New York. 

Collins returned from a trip to 
Mississippi to issue a statement 
denying charges of German propa- 
ganda and secrecy. He said the film 
was shown to him at the War and 
Navy Departments and he wanted 
his colleagues to see it as demon- 
strating modern mechanized war- 
fare. Collins said he asked News 
of the Day to give a showing. 

"There's no mystery about it," he 
said. "News of the Day did not want 
publicity as they did not want to 
exploit the show," he declared. 

"Foreign Correspondent' 
To Have Three Trailers 

Walter Wanger will issue three 
trailers for "Foreign Correspon- 
dent," which United Artists shortly 
will release. The first, 80 feet in 
length, will run three weeks before 
the opening and stresses Alfred 
Hitchcock's direction. Second trailer, 
running 120 feet, plays up the star 
value and the third, running 265 
feet, combines all the elements of 
the picture — producer, director, stars, 
story, etc. 

It is believed by some that this 
marks the first time three trailers 
have been made for one picture. 
Hitchcock directed special scenes for 
incorporation into the trailers. 

Para. Affiliates Building 
3 New Fla., Ga. Houses 

Paramount - affiliated operating 
companies in Georgia and Florida 
are erecting three new theaters and 
remodeling a fourth. The new houses 
are the 1,100-seat Florida at Talla- 
hassee (Tallahassee Enterprises), the 
900-seat Five Points at Atlanta 
(Community Theaters), and the 750- 
seat Ritz at Gainesville, Ga. (United 
Theaters Enterprises). The Publix- 
Lucas Ritz at Brunswick, Ga., is 
being refurbished. RCA Photophone 
has closed deals for High Fidelity 
sound for all the houses. 

First-Runs for the Summer 

Richmond, Va. — The National is 
showing first-runs for the summer 
months. Regular policy is stage 
shows on Thursday, Friday, Satur- 
day and Sunday, with second-runs 
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednes- 

Two Mid-west Summer Closings 
Chicago — The Chicago Operators 
Union has received notice of sum- 
mer closing from the Ohio theater, 
under A. C. Nelson management, 
and from the Midlothian theater, 
Midlothian,, under Schwellenberg 


Friday, July 12, 194 

30 Mgrs. "In the Money" 
In Schine Cash Competition 

Gloversville, N. Y. — Standings in 
the Schine Managers Merit Awards 
cash competition, at the end of the 
eighth week, show 30 managers in 
the money, and 75 others trailing, 
but making some showing in the 
16-week competition. Biggest spurt 
in the eighth week was made by 
Sam Shafer of the Liberty, Herki- 
mer, who moved from 17th to 11th 

The "big ten" who are leading in 
the competition to date are: Harry 
Unterfort, Keith, Syracuse; Ed May, 
Paris, Paris, Ky.; Jack Frisch, Wi- 
comico, Salisbury, Md.; Harry 
Stearn, Strand, Lexington, Ky.; Sey- 
mour Morris, Palace, Lockport; 
Louis Merenbloom, Hippodrome, Cor- 
bin, Ky.; Ural Buck, Civic, Fostoria, 
O.; Gene Curtis, Paramount, Syra- 
cuse; Frank Nolan, Athena, Athens, 
O.; Lou Hart, Hippodrome, Glovers- 

Cocktail Lounges Now 
New Chi. Competition 

Chicago — Windy City exhibs. are 
finding cocktail lounges a new form 
of competition. 

Loop lounges are offering "flesh" 
entertainment, while one, the new 
Riviera, in the Delaware building 
will use films as well. New lounge, 
operated by Elmer Falkenstein, is 
going into the State Lake theater 
building. Colored acts will be fea- 

702-Pathe Talks Progress 

Negotiations between Local 702, 
lab. technicians union and the Pathe 
Bound Brook laboratory were said 
yesterday to be progressing favor- 
ably. The union claims that the 
laboratory is now better than 90 per 
cent organized. 

COmiM and GOIflC 

BLISS and other 20th-Fox execs, returned y 
terday from the Baltimore premiere of "Ma 

ANDY SMITH has returned to the RKO ho 
office after a visit to the Boston exchange, 

AL SINDLINGER left for Washing^;,! 
night. ^ 

BOB MOCHRIE, Eastern and Southern*^ 
sion manager for RKO, returns to the ho 
office over the week-end from a swing throi 
the South. 

LAUDY LAURENCE, Metro European manag 
arrives Monday on the Clipper. He was i 
pected yesterday. 

MADELEINE CARROLL arrived yesterday 
the Clipper and goes to Virginia the first p 
of next week. 

JOYCE and LARRY GINSBERG, of the 20th-l 
studio publicity department, fly back to i 
Coast Sunday night. 

DAVID O. SELZNICK arrived from Hollywc 

CHARLES MacDONALD, of the RKO thea 
department, sails today on the Santa Rosa 
a cruise. 

WILLIAM WALDHOLZ, in charge of distrit 
tion for FHA shorts, has just returned from 
contact trip through the Middle-West. 

5th for "Favorite Wife" 
Equals "Snow White" Mai 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAh 

Washington — "My Favorite Wif 
began its fifth straight week 
Keith's here yesterday, equalling ri 
of "Snow White." 

First-Run Duals at Riveria 

Chicago — B & K is trying o 
first-run duals at the northside I 
veria theater. Riveria theater w. 
the first deluxe theater on the nort 

Frank M. Ruley Dead 

Miami Beach, Fla. — Fred Morg; 
Ruley, 79, retired showman, died 
his home here. 


it tells how 
pretty girls 
men into 



Coming Soon! 



Get this on your projection machine in a hurry! 

Boy you'll see a show! It's got that special 

kind of &Z&Z&P that makes WARNERS 

the No. 1 makers of 

this kind of attraction. 

For big-picture 

action and top-cast 

teamwork (Raft 

vs Sheridan; Ida 

Lupino and Bog art) 

it even makes 'Torrid Zone' 

seem lukewarm. 

Count on it — it's solid socko! 

' e " PIq 

' Ore* . . * 

P "=tur e 



Friday, July 12, 1940 

Laugh Films Aid 
Gulf Slates B. 0. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

good for chuckles and laughs are 
definitely ahead in grosses when 
compared to their more serious fel- 
lows. A great interest in what is 
going on across the water has made 
such films as "Four Sons" and "The 
Mortal Storm" surprisingly good 
grossers in the larger centers, but 
these are the exceptions that prove 
the rule where the more serious fare 
is concerned. 

The tendency now seems to be 
away from biography. Latest re- 
leases based on the lives of great 
men, while receiving critical ap- 
plause did not ring the cash register 
at the box office as often as was ex- 
pected. Westerns continue to be the 
usual favorites hereabouts and 
there are some observers who be- 
lieve that well-fashioned musicals 
would swing into high popularity 
if offered right now. 

Blake Starts Shooting 
Shorts for Talkavision 

(Continued from Page 1) 

vision, new coin-in-slot film device 
headed by Yermie Stern. Pictures 
are being shot at the West Coast 
Service Studios on West 57th St., 
New York. 

Featured in the shorts are Milton 
Berle, Leo Reisman and his orches- 
tra, the Saxon Sisters and several 
novelty numbers of singing and danc- 

Talkavision has temporarily head- 
quarters at the St. Moritz Hotel. 

Chi. Sales Staff Changes 

Chicago — After 20 years of ser- 
vice, Frank Ishmael has retired from 
the M-G-M sales staff. Jack Shu- 
mow, formerly country sales man- 
ager for M-G-M, has joined Warner 
Bros, city sales staff. 

Carl E. Milliken 


JULY 12 

Jean Hersholt 

Hunt Stromberg 

Tod Browning 

Jetta Goudal 

Mike Connolly 

Sam Mintz 

JULY 13 

Cornelius Keefe 
Sidney Blackmer 



Dave Fleischer 

M. J. Siegel 

Louis F. Blumenthal 

Charles Weinstein 

Stuart Stewart 

John S. Twist 

Lucien Prival 
Zita Johann 
Olive Borden 
Hal Sloane 
Jay Henry 

T T T 

• • • IF you have speculated o' late on the public's pos- 
sible reactions to some oi those decidedly wacky exploitation 

stun'.s devised by quick-thinking film publicists there is a 

generous measure oi reassurance to be derived irom our discovery 

yesterday that when it comes to conceiving wacky stunts 

and volunteering 'em to film companies the Dear Public 

is right in there punching the typewriter keys 

T T T 

• • • CONSIDER a few of the gems which poured into 

Warners inspired by ATAHT From one amateur ex- 

ploiteer who obviously reads his war news came the 

suggestion "Drop parachute jumpers out of airplanes 

so that they spell out 'All This, and Heaven Too' " From 

a second (possibly a prize winner in a certain industry con- 
test) came this "Have a national contest in which 

the public is asked why the comma in the title is placed be- 
fore 'And' Give $100,000 to the person providing the 

best answer" 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • A THIRD amateur exploiteer was sure that the proper 

way to nationally publicize the picture was to preview it in 

one of Father Divine's heavens But perhaps the piece de resistance 

of all wacky suggestions originated with a broadcast-wise enthu- 
siast who offered "Create a furore like Orson Welles did 

by having Charles Boyer announce on the radio that in a 

week everyone will be going to 'Heaven' " So in the future 

as far as we're concerned the Dear Public may consider that 

it has only itself to blame for whatever happens 

V T ▼ 

• • • "Maryland" has brought Darryl F. Zanuck an unusual 

award The Silver Horseshoe annually bestowed by 

The Rider and Driver one of the nation's oldest turf mag- 
azines has just been awarded 20th-Fox's production genius 

in recognition of his "intelligent and sympathetic treat- 
ment" of the sport of steeplechase racing in the picture 

it was announced yesterday by Editor Samuel Walter Tay- 
lor who owns the Sun Aim Farm in Stamford, Conn 

T ▼ ▼ 
O • • FROM North, East. South and West exhibs. are com- 
ing into New York these July days on business and pleasure bent 

A favorite gathering place is RKO Radio's lounge for visit- 
ing showmen where were glimpsed Joseph Bean. Duriee 

theater. Fall River, Mass Karl Karstad, Lyceum theater, Redby, 

Minn Gerald Stark, Plaza theater, Buffalo Bill Smith, Majestic 

theater, Abilene, Tex Jack W. Frelwell, State theater, Harrisburg, 

Va Jack Rosenzweig, Manchester theater, St. Louis Harry E. 

Wessinger, Carolina theater, Lexington, S. C The town's yours, 


▼ y t 

• • • With Rosita Moreno attending in person RKO 

yesterday held a screening of the Spanish star's picture 

"Tengo Fe En Ti" which was made in Hollywood all in 

Spanish dialogue by Victoria Films While Phil M. 

Daly's understanding of Spanish isn't so good, he was able 

to get enough of it to realize RKO has a winner for the 

Latin- American market and the Spanish speakers who were 

present gave their endorsement A luncheon followed 

the screening 

.« « « » » » 

Loew's Mel. Circuit 
In Ad Policy Shift 

(Continued from Page 1) 

directory of Loew programs in a 
limited number of New York daily 

An initial budget of $200,000 has 
been set up for the newspaperj^i- 
rectories, but the list may b^Jfo- 
panded until a total annual bucket 
of $400,000 has been established. 

While in other large cities, nabe 
houses use newspaper directories, 
this type of advertising has not been 
used to any great extent here. Be- 
cause of their large circulations, New 
York newspapers were hesitant in 
setting up low enough neighborhood 
space rates. This obstacle has been 
gradually hurdled, opening the way 
for the N. Y. nabe theaters to utilize 
newspaper space, instead of relying 
on mailing lists, outdoor billposting, 

Loew's Weekly, which for two de- 
cades represented one of the main 
promotional efforts of the circuit, 
reached circulation peaks of 1,200,- 
000 per week. Of this, 500,000 were 
mailed. In the last two years, the 
circulation was down to 600,000, due 
to tests, experiments and surveys to 
determine the value of the publica- 

Loew's theaters now receive from 
200 to 3,000 telephone calls per day 
per theater from patrons inquiring 
about shows. In New York, phone 
service is "limited," meaning that 
each call costs 5c. This fact, it is be- 
lieved, will enhance the value of the 
newspaper directory idea, as patrons 
will be able to save expense of phone 

Two Feature Films to be 
Telecast by NBC Next Wk. 

Two feature films are set for 
NBC's tele program next week. 
"Song of Freedom" will be telecast 
at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday and "The 
Curtain Falls" at the same hour 


Gloversville — Brig.-Gen. and Mrs. ' 
Bernard W. Kearney of this city 
have announced the engagement of 
their daughter, Marion Dean Kear- 
ney, to George Vernon Lynch, chief 
film buyer for the Schine theater 
chain. The wedding will take place 
Oct. 5. Lynch recently observed the 
anniversary of his 20th year with 
the Schines. 

Chicago — John Phillip Gleason of 
Movietone News was married to 
Miss Kay Graft of Logansport, Ind. 

Mary Morrissey, executive secre- 
tary of John Hay Whitney, and 
Leonard Case, one of Whitney's as- 
sistants, will be married today by 
Justice Ferdinand Pecora. They will 
immediately leave for a Canadian 



{topping mid-winter highs 
jyj in midsummer heat!) 





(it's better than the old 
Indian Rope Marvel/) 


(it's an old M-Q'M custom!) 



(registering biggest grosses in several 
years and holding over!) 


("Pride and Prejudice" booked into Radio 
City Music Hall. "Boom Town" sensa- 
tional! It's another M-Q-M Summer!) 

:■>*. v 


Friday, July 12, 1940 

* & REVIEWS OF TH€ jj€jjj fILmS £■ & 

_ _ __ — _ - _- _ — — mm m*m*m m m ml W ■ /# 

'They Drive by Night"] 

with George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, 

Humphrey Bogart 

Warners 93 Mins. 



This realistic, down-to-earth melodrama, 
excellent in every department, is decided 
boxoffice fare. Raoul Walsh has supplied 
lusty, vigorous direction, for which he is 
noted, yet also guiding the love scenes 
effectively. To Mark Hellinger goes im- 
portant credit as associate producer. 

George Raft furnished a splendid, con- 
vincing characterization as a two-fisted 
truck driver determined to make good on 
his own, while Ann Sheridan does fine work 
as the waitress with whom he falls in love. 
Ida Lupino gives one of the most stirring, 
emotional portrayals seen in many moons. 

For a change, Humphrey Bogart has been 
given a sympathetic role and does well with 
it. Alan Hale and Roscoe Karns provide 
much comedy, with Gale Page, Henry 
O'Neill, George Tobias, John Litel and Paul 
Hurst rounding out the cast. 

Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay have 
penned some snappy, torrid, eye-brow lift- 
ing dialogue. When Raft's truck is de- 
molished going over a hill and his brother, 
Humphrey Bogart, loses an arm in the acci- 
dent, Ida Lupino, who is in love with Raft, 
induces her husband, Alan Hale, to give 
him an important job in his trucking busi- 

Following a drunken party, Ida causes 
Hale's death by locking him up in their 
garage and allowing him to be overcome by 
carbon monoxide. Jealous of Raft's love 
for Ann Sheridan, Ida charges Raft with 
having coerced her into committing the 
murder. He is jointly charged with the 
death, but when Ida, taking the stand, in- 
dicates that she is insane, Raft is given 
his freedom. 

CAST: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida 
Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Alan 
Hale, Roscoe Karns, John Litel, George 
Tobias, Henry O'Neill, Paul Hurst. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Hal B. 
Wallis; Associate Producer, Mark Hellinger; 
Director, Raoul Walsh; Author, A. I. Bez- 
zerides; Screenplay, Jerry Wald and Rich- 
ard Macaulay; Cameraman, Arthur Edeson; 
Dialogue Director, Hugh MacMullen; Mu- 
sical Director, Adolph Deutsch; Special 
Effects, Byron Haskin and H. F. Koenekamp; 
Art Director, John Hughes; Editor, Oliver S. 
Garretson; Musical Director, Leo F. Forb- 



'A Fugitive From 

with Roger Pryor, Lucile Fairbanks, 

Eddie Foy, Jr. 

Warners 53 Mins. 


Although the formula and story in this re- 
lease are routine in many respects, aggres- 
sive work by an able cast and a snappy 
tempo keep the picture moving and enter- 
taining from start to finish. Exhibitors should 
have no difficulty selling the picture, al- 
though there are no "names" in the cast. 
Terry Morse does a nice job of direction, 
pointing his scenes, keeping his pace fast 
and smooth, and handling the players deft- 
ly. Roger Pryor, Lucile Fairbanks, Eddie 
Foy, Jr., and Sheila Bromley head the cast. 

Donald Douglas is wanted by the police, 
a gang of mobsters and the insurance com- 
pany which holds a $1,000,000 policy on 
his life. Pryor is assigned by the insur- 
ance company to find Douglas, before the 
gangsters, who fear his evidence, bump him 
off. Pryor tracks down clues he uncovers 
through Douglas' beneficiary, Miss Bromley, 
a night club singer, who has tipped off the 
gang as to Douglas's hideout. 

However, Douglas escapes their trap. The 
gang kidnaps his sister, Miss Fairbanks, and 
his mother, Lottie Williams, in reprisal. 
Pryor cleans things up with a flourish in 
a fast finish. 

CAST: Roger Pryor, Lucile Fairbanks, Ed- 
die Foy, Jr., Sheila Bromley, Morgan Con- 
way, Donald Douglas, John Gallaudet, Lot- 
tie Williams, Joe Devlin, Steven Darrell, 
John Harmon, R. E. O'Connor, Thomas Jack- 
son, Eddy Chandler, Ed Keane, Willis Claire, 
Gus Glasmire, Bernice Pilot, George Lloyd, 
Michael Conroy. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Bryan Foy: 
Director, Terry Morse; Screenplay, Alex 
Gottleib; Original Story, Leonard Neu- 
bauer; Cameraman, Arthur L. Todd; Ed- 
itor, Thomas Pratt. 


Says Film Folk Helped 
Finance "Stop Hitler" Ad 

Chandler Act and RKO 

Tax Counsel for RKO Corp. yes- 
terday stated that the Chandler Act 
provisions affecting the tax bases of 
reorganized corporations whose debts 
have been scaled were not involved 
in the reorganization of RKO. Its 
debts were capitalized, not reduced, 
it was explained. Hence the recent 
amendments to the Chandler Act re- 
ported in The Film Daily have no 
application to RKO. 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Prominent industrial 
personalities were spotlighted by 
Senator Holt in a spectacular speech 
on the Senate floor as among those 
he claimed had financed publication 
of full-page nation-wide newspaper 
advertising favoring the Allies en- 
titled "Stop Hitler Now." 

Besides bankers and industrialists 
Senator Holt said film industry fig- 
ures contributed to advertising cam- 
paign sponsored by William Allen 
White's committee to defend Amer- 
ica by aiding the Allies. He included 
Samuel Goldwyn, Irving Berlin, Max- 
well Anderson, Fred Astaire, Lynn 
Fontanne, Alfred Lunt, Myrna Loy, 
and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 

Open West Coast Offices 

William Liebling and Audrey 
Wood, authors' and actors' reps., 
have opened a Pacific Coast office at 
204 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. 

"Hold That Woman 

with James Dunn and Frances Gifford 

Producers Releasing Corp. 64 Mins. 



Not very pretentious, but good entertain- 
ment, is this James Dunn, Frances Gifford 
production made by Sigmund Neufeld for 
the Producers Releasing Corp. It deals 
with the woes of a "skip tracer" trying to 
keep his girl, his boss, and his poor vic- 
tims happy while working at a job he dis- 
likes. Sig Neufeld, has the knack of get- 
ting more picture for a dollar than any 
other producer in the business. He has 
made a good imitation of a major studio's 
medium budget film on very little. Dunn 
seems to have the same fire and likable 
personality he had in his days with the 
majors. His co-star, Miss Gifford is an 

Jimmy Parker, (Dunn) while attempting 
to pick up a radio set from a woman who 
has fallen back in her payments, stumbles 
unwittingly into a group of jewel thieves 
who have robbed a picture star's home. He 
gets arrested for attempting to strong-arm 
his way out of her hotel with the radio, 
and makes up his mind to get it at all costs. 

When he is released from the police he 
goes back to the hotel only to find out 
that she has moved. He finds out where 
she lives, goes to the house and is given 
the set by one of the gang. He discovers 
the stolen jewels in the radio, and is on 
his way to turn them over to the police and 
collect the reward, when he spies a car in 
the driveway that has been reported back 
in payments. 

Not knowing that the thieves have stowed 
a couple of hostages in the rumble seat of 
the car he drives off with it. He is chased, 
and upon being caught, brings the thieves 
to the police, who take them into custody, 
and pay him the reward. 

Such competent performers as Guy Usher, 
William Hall, Rita La Roy, Alaine Brandeis, 
and George Douglas are members of the 
cast. The screenplay and photography are 

CAST: James Dunn, Frances Gifford, 
George Douglas, Rita LaRoy, William Newell, 
Guy Usher, Paul Bryar, Ed Miller, Ed 
Featherstone, John Dilson, Dave O'Brien, 
Anna Lisa, William Hall, Jack Roper, Marie 
Rice, Frank Meredith, Alaine Brandeis. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sigmund Neufeld; 
Director, Sherman Scott; Authors, William 
L. Schrock, William Pierce; Screenplay, 
George Bricker; Cameraman, Jack Green- 
halgh; Editor, Holbrook Todd. 


Joe Cook to Sell Estate 

Joe Cook will sell his 26-acre 
Sleepless Hollow estate situated on 
Lake Hopatcong, N. J. The comedian 
states that he is going to devote 
himself 100 per cent to the stage. 

Bert Parsons Dies in Theater 

Chicago — Bert Parsons, age 53, 
veteran film booking agent, died of 
a heart attack in the Chicago the- 
ater Wednesday night. 

'Spies in the Air' 

with Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion, 

Roger Livesey 

Film Alliance 62 Mins. 



Holding a good amount of suspense, suf- 
ficient action, and having timeliness in its 
theme, this imported British release should 
find opportunities in a certain theater mark- 
et in this country. On the debit side, 
however, are several factors. The English 
accents of the players are so broad they 
become difficult to understand at times, 
and the technical aspects of the picture are 
just ordinary. Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion 
and Roger Livesey head the cast. A good 
bit is contributed by Henry Oscar. David 
MacDonald directed. 

Barnes, a spy, is living with Livesey and 
his wife, Miss Marion, at a secret air- 1 
drome where Livesey is designing a new 
fighter plane which Barnes is to test. Basil I 
Radford and his wife, Emily Gregg, are also 
living at the airdrome, but a strain is put : 
on all the residents by the work. Barnes 
makes a play for Miss Marion, and finds I 
her responsive. 

Meanwhile, secret service men find pic- I 
tures of experiments and plans being con- 
ducted at the airdrome on a captured spy, I 
and a watch is set. Livesey also discovers' 
his drawings have been tampered with and 
dissension grows. Finally the day of the 
test dawns and there is plenty of action 
before Barnes is killed when the plane 
crashes as he tries to make a getaway. 

CAST: Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion, 
Felix Aylmer, Henry Oscar, Wallace Doug- 
las, Hal Walters, Roger Livesey, Basil Rad- 
ford, John Turnbull, Edward Ashley, Emily ' 
Gregg, Santos Casani. 

CREDITS: Producer, Bernard Willis; Di- 
rector, David MacDonald; Screenplay, All 
R. Rawlinson and Bridget Boland; From al 
play by Jeffrey Dell; Cameraman, Bryan 


Would Star F.D.R., Jr. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAIl.\ 
Hollywood — Ben Hecht has invited 
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., here visit- 
ing his brother, James, to become 
a film actor, asserting the President's 
son has Hollywood stars beaten ; 
when it comes to "looks and person 
ality." F.D.R., Jr., refused the offer. 

Safety Campaign by Films 

Albany, N. Y. — Arthur W. Magee" 
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles foi 
New Jersey, suggested here yester- 
day that Eastern states should joirri 
in production of films showing autc 
accidents as a means of lessening 
motor fatalities. 

Powell's Ork at Loew's State 

Teddy Powell's orchestra began e 
week's engagement at Loew's State 
on Wednesday. Henny Youngmar 
and Beverly Roberts are other stage 
show headliners. 


-iday, July 12, 1940 



Jjavs Industry Faces 
I Most Serious Crisis' 

(Continued from Paijc 1) 

| -awal of funds abroad, and losses 
10 to the depreciation of foreign 
ir\ iprrencies. 

"'l -J5? 00 - 000 D 'P In RK0 Revenue 

.wie result of this situation, he 
Wa', was that Radio Pictures had 
>st $500,000 in revenue from Sept. 
to Dec. 31, 1939. The affidavit 
as submitted, he said, because of a 
;quest made at a special meeting 
: the board of directors of RKO on 
july 8 that the Court be informed 
f the status of RKO and the entire 

j Judge Bondy, at the hearing, had 

5 ,xpressed the opinion that the anti- 

■ust suit was the greatest threat 

) the industry in face of an asser- 

on by RKO counsel that the foreign 








. , ituation was an even graver factor. 

RKO received the following film 

at ii icntals from countries either at war 

a jr directly affected by the war, 

schaefer told the court: In 1937. 

<i,724,986, which was 80 per cent 

:f foreign revenues and 23 per cent 

f total income; in 1938, $9,222,231, 

r 81 per cent foreign and 27 per 

lent of total revenue and in 1939, 

* 7,817,329 or 81 per cent of foreign 
^nd 27 per cent of total revenue. 

i Cash receipts from foreign terri- 
'ories for RKO in the 31 weeks 
<nded June 1, 1940 amounted to $3,- 
'89,721, compared with $4,788,531 

or the similar 1939 period. 

U. K. Situation Said Grave 
The situation was particularly 
•.rave in the United Kingdom, main- 

tay of foreign revenue, Schaefer 
.sserted, where RKO received $881,- 
:54 from June 5 to Oct. 28, 1939 
.nd under the Embassy agreement 

an obtain only $360,360 for the 

ame period this year. 

Because of the foreign situation, 
le said, RKO will have to conserve 

very possible dollar of working 

apital; the company which under 
lormal conditions could borrow from 
>anks, may be faced with a limita- 

ion on its credit because banking 

* Jaouses can only look to the domes- 
ic market for repayment of the 


No substantial dividends can be 

-i:ei 'xpected from K-A-0 because that 

noi company recently spent $250,000 for 

f 3 ( »dded theater properties, Schaefer 

lisclosed. As a result, RKO has cut 

all salaries over $4,500 yearly by 

irom 10 to 50 per cent, he added. 

i « :]' 


sat '\ A nine pound one ounce daughter 
4»vas born this week in New York 
Hospital to Mrs. Mary Alicia 
Ament, wife of Walter Ament, 
Pathe News editor. The child has 
been named Alicia Lindsay Ament. 

Jerry Sloutzky, Universal assis- 
tant booker, is the father of an 
eight-pound baby boy, born in the 
Methodist Hospital. 


"Constructive Conclave of Cultured Commentators , Collins 
Consumers, Chiseling Culprits" 

Jacksonville, Fla. — S.E.T.O.A. 
convention which opens at the George 
Washington hotel here on July 21 
to run three days will be "a con- 
structive conclave of cultured com- 
mentators, Collins consumers, chis- 
eling culprits and conjugated con- 
sorts," according to Nat Williams, 
publicity committee chairman, who 
has addressed a summons to "fellow 
unsalaried tax collectors and those 
who eat off you." 

Business sessions will be held on 
Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23, 
and, according to Williams, "will dis- 
sect our disabled business, diagnose 
its detriments and devise detours." 

Committee personnel for the con- 
vention embraces: 

BUSINESS— Oscar C. Lam, R. B. 
Wilby, R. E. Martin, E. J. Sparks, 
Earl Fain, Lukie Stein. 

RESOLUTIONS — Thos. E. Orr, 
Mitchel Wolfson, Wm. R. Griffin, 

Mack Jackson, Nat Williams, Hugh 

PUBLICITY— Nat Williams, J. H. 
Thompson, Lee Castleberry, Eddie 
Watson, Wm. Karrh, Frank Dowler. 

GOLF — Riley Davis, Guy Kenimer, 
A. C. Bromberg, J. H. Harrison, E. 
E. Whitaker, Abe Borisky. 

PROGRAM — Tom Brandon, H. 
Merryday, Archie Adams, Fred 
Weis, Mort Seligman. 

mer, Robert Heekin, Howard Smith, 
Joe Hackel. 

WOMEN — Sarah Moore, Hallie 
Kenimer, Gypsie Merryday, Myra 

DISTRIBUTORS— John Ezell, Hu- 
bert Lyons, Jeff Davis, John Kirby, 
John Mangham, Charlie Lester. 

EQUIPMENT — Gus King, Ray 
Busier, Colee Brown, Harry Paul, 
Jack Dumestre, Andy Fiore, Fred 

ART WORK— Walter Golden. 

N. Y. Allied Will Join 
MPTOA Before August 1 

(Continued from Page 1) 

York Allied members could study 
the national by-laws and become fa- 
miliar with MPTOA aims. It is re- 
ported that the by-laws have been 
approved and that affiliation will 
become effective before the end of 
the month. 

"Leopard Men of Africa' 
Starts at Globe July 27 

"Leopard Men of Africa," B. F. 
Zeidman pix which Select Attrac- 
tions is distributing, will have its 
New York premiere at the Globe on 
July 27, deal being closed by E. L. 
McEvoy of Select with Harry Brandt. 

Bioff Habeas Corpus 
Hearing Next Monday 

Chicago — Attorney Walker Butler 
filed petition for a writ fo habeas 
corpus in Federal District Court yes- 
terday seeking release of William 
Bioff. Federal Judge Holly set hear- 
ing for July 15. 

Lynn in N. Y. Strand P.A/s 

Jeffrey Lynn will make two p.a.'s 
at the New York Strand tonight in 
connection with "My Love Came 
Back" in which he appears. 

Serial Set for Central 

"Deadwood Dick," Columbia ser- 
ial, starts at the Central here July 

"The Outsider" in Detroit 

Alliance Films' "The Outsider" 
starts at the Detroit Fox today. 

Premiere in Two Houses 

"I Married Adventure," Osa John- 
son feature which Columbia is dis- 
tributing, will have a dual premiere 
July 21 at Chanute, Kan., opening 
at both the Main St. and People's 

Itinerants Stir 
Hoosier Exhibs/ Ire 

(Continued from Page 1) 

has been a fertile field for itinerants 
during the last few years. That ap- 
plies to promoters of roller skating 
contests, bicycle marathons, freak 
shows as well as the touring exhibs. 

Theater operators contend that 
many of the latter are avoiding the 
amusement tax by operating under 
fraternal or church sponsorship. 

Just what form of legislative re- 
lief will be requested is yet to be 
determined, although regulation and 
licensing measures are envisioned. 
There is a growing demand that the 
itinerants be forced, if possible, to 
meet all State regulations now af- 
fecting established film theaters. 

Four WB Pix in Broadway 
Theaters for Second Week 

For the second consecutive week, 
four Warner features are playing 
simultaneously on Broadway. They 
are: ATAHT, in its second week at 
the Music Hall; "My Love Came 
Back," opening at the Strand; 
"Devil's Island," at the Globe The- 
ater; and "Brother Orchid" at the 


Ask End of Admish 
Tax Exemption 

{Continued from Page 1) 

at 21 cents, admission of 20 cents 
or less now escaping taxation under 
the new Federal law. 

Expect Wide Exhib. Support 

The local MPTO unit, headed by 
Fred Wehrenberg, so far as is known 
here is the first in the country to 
advocate elimination of all exemp- 
tion, but there is reason to believe 
that its stand will be seconded by 
not only other MPTOA affiliates but 
by at least some Allied leaders as 
well as unaffiliated associations. 

Wehrenberg's organization, repre- 
senting approximately 99 per cent 
of the theater operators in this ter- 
ritory, is by virtue of such position 
stragetically placed to lead the fight, 
it is pointed out here. Its letter to 
Congressmen emphasizes that "price 
cutting begets further price cut- 
ting," and adds: 
Cutting "Travels Like a Plague" 

"To illustrate the point: the the- 
ater operator who is charging 25c 
plus the tax of 3c or a total of 28c 
per admission must now compete 
with the exhibitor who has unfairly 
cut his admission price to 20c to 
evade the tax and yet be running at- 
tractions ahead of the exhibitor 
charging 8c more per admission. Hu- 
man nature being what it is, the bulk 
of people will not wait weeks or 
even days to see a picture and then 
pay a higher admission price for 
the privilege just because the ex- 
hibitor collecting the tax is a pa- 
triotic theater operator. As a re- 
sult you can readily see that this 
exhibitor, in order to survive, will 
be forced to cut his admission price 
to 20c, and as this sort of action 
travels like a plague, ultimately the 
majority of theaters will be evading 
the admission tax. 

"In other words, the law as at 
present seems to place a premium 
on 'chiseling' by unfair business men 
— action that threatens the entire 
price structure of the theater indus- 
try as well as the success of the 
tax legislation, itself. And when 
this unhealthy condition spreads, it 
may result in many theaters going 
out of business, causing unemploy- 
ment that can only add to the thou- 
sands now receiving Government 

Hardwicke Heads Theater 
War Drive in Canada 

Montreal — Sir Cedric Hardwicke 
has consented to take charge of the 
"Win the War" campaign which is 
being waged by local theaters Mon- 
day evening next. 

Theaters are donating a free show 
on Monday evening to which the sole 
admission requisite is the purchase 
of two or more Canadian war savings 
stamps. Sir Cedric will appear at 
Loew's Capitol, Palace and Princess 
Theaters and such other houses as 
time permits to thank audiences for 
their response. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

JOHN FORD. Born, 1895, Portland, Me. Educated, University of Maine. Has 
*^ been a director in Hollywood studios more than 20 years, starting his picture 
work as a property man and assistant to his serial-starring and directing brother, 
Francis Ford. In July of 1914, joined Universal as 
a director. Went with Fox in 1917. Won the 
Academy award for "The Informer" in 1936 and 
the 1939 New York Critics' Award for "Stage- 
coach." His 1939 hits — four in a row, were the 
Wanger film, "Stagecoach," "Young Mr. Lincoln," 
"Drums Along the Mohawk" and "Grapes of 
Wrath." Reads a lot of biographical works; likes 
to study people — not just famous people, thea- 
trical people but the rank and file. While work- 
ing on a story, usually takes a trip on his yacht 
"Araner" with his writer, Dudley Nichols, who has 
written most of his memorable pictures. In 1940 
formed Ford-Argosy and is now directing "The Long 
Voyage Home" for Walter Wanger-United Artists 
release. Hobbies, Golf and fishing. 

Nick, Former IA Vice-Prexy, Northwest Allied Elects; 
Would Quash Indictment Ashe Loses Out to Strom 

{Continued from Page 1) 

IATSE vice-prexy, who is under a 
federal indictment charging him and 
Clyde A. Weston, former business 
manager fo Local 143 Operators, 
with violation of the so-called Fed- 
eral Anti-Racketeering Act and the 
Sherman Anti-Trust Act, were filed 
in Federal Court here by his attor- 
ney, Sigmund Bass. 

In one motion, Nick asks that the 
indictment be quashed. It attacks 
the constitutionality of both laws 
and questions the Federal court's 
jurisdiction. Another motion asks 
that several sections of the indict- 
ment be struck out — notably the ref- 
erence to the Anti-Racketeering Act 
by that name instead of using the 
official title of the act. This misuse 
of the term "anti-racketeering" is 
prejudicial to the interests of the 
defendant, the motion states. 

Bass asked that a severance be 
granted to Nick, so that he would 
not be tried at the same time as 
Weston. The Court was also asked 
to require the Government to fur- 
nish a list of its witnesses. 

ATAHT Seen by Warners 
As Outstanding Grosser 

(Continued from Page 1) 

finished a first week with better 
than $112,000 chalked up at the box- 
office, it was said at the Warner h.o. 

Picture seems certain to go at 
least three weeks at the Hall. Open- 
ing July 4, it did the biggest 4th of 
July week's business in the house's 
history. At the same time, biz has 
been steadily building with Wednes- 
day bigger than last Friday, the sec- 
ond day, as an instance. Bette Davis 
in "Of Human Bondage" was also 
responsible for the MH's second big- 
gest July 4 week, with a "take" of 

At the Majestic Theater, Provi- 
dence, where ATAHT had its first 
popular price engagement, the pic- 
ture is entering its third holdover 

(Continued from Page 1) 

scheduled for the job and his elec- 
tion seemed practically assured. Sev- 
eral members of Allied walked out 
of the meeting because of the elec- 
tion cf Strom, claiming that he 
wasn't fitted for the job. Ashe is a 
graduate lawyer. 

New officers for the coming year 
are E. L. Peaslee of Stillwater, Minn., 
president; Hiller Hoffman of St. 
Paul, vice-president; Sol Lebedof of 
Minneapolis, treasurer. No record- 
ing secretary was elected. 

Six resolutions were passed at yes- 
terday's meeting: 1. Condemning the 
use of 16 mm. film for public show- 
ings; 2. Condemning pulling pictures 
made and sold one year and holding 
them for sale the next; 3. Condemn- 
ing the pulling of short subjects out 
regular lineup, calling them special 
shorts and wanting more money for 
them; 4. Resolution expressing sym- 
pathy that Al Steffes could not at- 
tend convention this year and thank- 
ing him for his past work; 5. Con- 
tinue to support national Allied; 6. 
All exhibitors urged to try to buy 
pictures from 25 to 33 1-3 per cent 
cheaper this year. 

North Dakcita, which has been sep- 
arated from Allied for several years, 
will reorganize and come back as an 
affiliate. An attempt will be made 
to get all out of town exhibitors to 
work out a plan before buying pic-, 
tures, then send deal to Allied office 
for an ckay. This was discussed 
freely but not passed. All exhibitors 
were urged to stop buying pictures 
until Northwest Allied has a chance 
to get organized under its new set- 
up and new officers. 

Charles Mergen Promoted 

Pittsburgh — Charles Mergen, head 
booker at the local Paramount ex- 
change, has been promoted to sales- 
man, replacing George Elmo who was 
recently made branch manager of 
that company's Cleveland office. Wm. 
Brooks is being transferred from the 
Cleveland office to succeed Mergen 

Friday, July 12, 19^ 



TO highlight the preview showing of "Sou 
■ of Pago Pago," at his Hollywood^ 
on Monday night, Edward Small w '..- , 
as host at an authentic South Seas Lu 
(feast) immediately following the prese 
tation. Invitations to this preview we 
printed in Tahitian, and recipients receiv 
English translations on the following da) 

X/IRGINIA VAN UPP leaves for a rl 
' months' stay in Charlottesville, Vi 
ginia, where the greatest portion of Par 
mount's "Virginia," will be filmed. Mi 
Van Upp scripted "Virginia" from an 0, 
iginal idea provided by Edward H. Griffit 
who will produce and direct the film. 

• • 
kyJETRO'S latest picture with Lana Tu 
™'ner, "We Who Are Young," was 
iginally called "I Do." The title, at Arc 
Oboler's request, was changed because 
Do" happens to be the title of a rad 
play by Oboler which has been the most r< 
peated over the networks of all his 
iginal scripts. Oboler has just complete 
Metro's scenario for "Escape," based c 
Ethel Vance's novel. 

• • 
j OUIS SCHINE, of the Schine Circu 
*"■ New York, visited Warner studio 
Burbank and was guested at luncheon I 
Harry M. Warner. 

• • 
LJENRY FONDA has been chosen by 20tl 
' ' Fox for the title role in "Chad Hanna 
screen version of the Walter D. Edmond 
best-seller, for which Nunnally Johnso 
has prepared the script. Johnson will al 
act as associate producer and Henry Kin 
will direct. 

• • 
p\ONALD DUCK'S biography is now bein 
*"^ prepared and will be published in Oc 
tober by Random House. 

• • 
ARREN DUFF has finished work 
"The Amazing Story of Sergean 

York," which Hal B. Wallis and Jesse I 
Lasky will produce for Warners, and ha 
commenced work on the screenplay of "Th 
House on the Hill," W. Somerset Maughar 

• • 

P\ONALD MEEK has signed a new long. 
'-' term contract with Metro and is sched 
uled to appear next in a new Nick Carte 
adventure story. 

• • 

DASIL RATHBONE and Gale Sondergaan 
^ have been added to the cast of 20th 
Fox's "The Californian," in which Tyron< 
Power and Linda Darnell have the roman 
tic leads. 

• • 
JERRY WALD and Richard Macaulay wen 

> "' assigned yesterday by Ha! Wallis to worl 
on screenplay of "Miss Wheelwright Dis 
covers America," for Warners. 

• • 
A NNE BAXTER and Robert Conway 

**20th-Fox players, have just had thei 
contracts renewed. 


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{11,071,000 For Theater Building in First Half 

?otal for 37 States East 
}f Rockies is Decline of 
1567,000 From '39 Figure 

That theater construction held its 
\vn with building in other lines 
uring the first six months of the 
ear is revealed in figures supplied 
y John and Drew Eberson, archi- 
ects, in a survey of construction 
'osts in the 37 states east of the 

During the period, $11,071,000 was 

pent on new theaters and altera- 

ions of existing structures — a drop 

j if $567,000 or .048 per cent from 

he same period of 1939. At the 

(Continued on Page 4) 

: 3 

Product Shortage 
Claimed in Philly 

Philadelphia — There is a definite 
n-oduct shortage here, according to 

Major exchanges are getting 
■ilenty of dates for re-issues and re- 
vivals, while even indie exchanges 
are pulling business with their re- 
ssues, some of which date back to 

Houses up-state report better biz 
l.vith a re-issue and a weak current 
ittraction than with two not-so-hot 
;l939-40 features. Explanation sug- 

(Continued on Page 6) 


;C;r) I 

Estimate 10% Gain in New 
State Theater Companies 

Albany — Secretary of State M. F. 
Walsh announced that 8,934 cor- 
f jporations were chartered during the 
"^"irst six months of this year in New 
York, 303 more than for a corre- 
sponding period in 1939 and 739 
more than for the same six months 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Passes Too Costly! 

Philadelphia — Even the pass demand 
is reported down here. 

The reason: At each Stanley-Warner 
downtown de luxe first-run, the pass 
charge now totals 19 cents, including 
nine cents for Federal and city levy 
and 10 cents service fee. 


Consent Decree Near? 



EQUITY SUIT: Equity suit hear- 
ing was again postponed to allow 
conferees more time to work out 
provisions for a consent decree, 
framework of which was reported 
nearing early in week with a split on 
block-booking and blind-selling crop- 
ping up later. "Definite progress" 
was the word at the week-end. 
MPTOA's trade practice plan was up 
for discussion. 

* # # 

DEFENSE TAX: With defense 
tax on admissions being generally 
accepted with few squawks, Fred 
Wehrenberg, prexy of St. Louis 
MPTO, petitioned Congress to end 
admission tax exemption, seeing 
"chiseling" and general price cutting 
to escape the tax. Meanwhile parent 
body, MPTOA, forecast an admish 
tax starting at a dime instead of at 
21 cents. 

♦ 9|C Sj£ 

elected E. L. Peaslee prexy and Fred 
Strom executive secretary . . . RKO 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Move to Organize Philly 
Indie Theater Employes 

Philadelphia — Apparently driving 
to completely organize all the inde- 
pendent theaters in this city, a meet- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Arnold Reported Serving Ultimatum on Majors' 
Counsel, With Immediate Resumption of Trial 
As Alternative to Acceptable Decree Formula 

Unless an acceptable consent decree formula is reached by 
Aug. 1, trial of the equity suit will be pressed without further 
postponement, Thurman W. Arnold, Assistant Attorney General, 

is reported to have advised the ma- 
jors last week in a communication 
that was virtually an ultimatum. 

Following through, Arnold, who 
arrived in New York on Friday, will 
personally participate in the settle- 
ment conferences when they resume 
today, it is understood. 

"Little Three" Counsel Adamant 

The settlement situation, it was 
evident at the week-end, again has 
been complicated by the anti-consent 
decree attitude admittedly adopted 
by counsel for several of the so- 
called "Little Three" defendants, 

(Continued on Page 6) 

RKO Radio Enters 
Fight Film Field 

First of the majors to enter the 
fight film field, RKO Radio will 
distribute the RKO Pathe-produced 
chronicle of Wednesday's Lew Jen- 
kins-Henry Armstrong bout at the 
Polo Grounds, it was announced Sat- 
urday by Ned E. Depinet, RKO Ra- 
dio vice-prexy. 

Prints will be ready for showing 
in the New York metropolitan area 
on Thursday morning following the 
battle between the lightweight and 

(Continued on Page 6) 

"Pastor Hall" to Roosevelt 
Under Pending Deal 

Deal whereby James Roosevelt 
will acquire American rights to 
"Pastor Hall," British Grand Na- 
tional picture, is expected to be 
closed this week, possibly today. It 
is understood that the contracts 
have been drawn up and are ready 
for signatures. Picture will be dis- 
tributed by United Artists. 

Jeffrey Bernerd, co-managing di- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Ohio ITO Backs Up Goldwyn 

Endorses Crusade Against Over-Production 

"60 Glorious Years" Going 
Out As "Queen of Destiny" 

RKO is releasing "Queen of Des- 
tiny" on Aug. 2, with a pre-release 
run scheduled at the Keith Memor- 
ial Theater, Boston, on July 17. 
Produced in 1938 and formerly 
titled "60 Glorious Years," the pic- 
ture has been seen at only one New 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Columbus, O. — Sam Goldwyn's 
crusade against over-production, 
block-booking and double features 
finds strong support from the ITO 
of Ohio, via a current bulletin re- 
leased by Pete J. Wood, secretary. 

Wood, commenting upon the fact 
that the eight majors will produce 
about the same number of pictures 
for 1940-41 as this year, says this 
means "continuing for another year 
(Continued on Page 4) 

B & K Tele Readied 
For Debut on Jan. 1 

Chicago — Balaban & Katz, re- 
cently granted television license by 
FCC announced through John Bala- 
ban, secretary, that it expected to 
have station in operation on regular 
schedule shortly after Jan. 1. Three 
sites for transmitter with 500 feet 
high antenna, are under considera- 
te Con Jun< erf on Page 6) 

Duvivier, Clair to Direct 
Two Pix Each on Coast 

Transcontinental Films has signed 
Julien Duvivier and Rene Clair, 
French directors, to produce and di- 
rect two pictures each in Holly- 
wood for early Fall release, it was 
announced at the week-end by Paul 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Film Ru-product 

Boys' Town, Neb. — Postmaster General 
Farley jumped Boys' Town postoffice 
from second to first-class ranking last 
week. Postmistress Theresa Mullen said 
the 1939 postal business amounted to 
$67,224 as against the 1938 tally, $38,- 
734. Heavy take is laid to M-G-M's 
film about the work of Father Flanagan. 


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RKO Sets Product Deals 
With Loew-Poli, Others 

Several circuit deals were an- 
nounced by Ned Depinet, vice-presi- 
dent of distribution for RKO, over 
the week-end. They include a 100 
per cent contract for features and 
shorts with Maine — New Hamp- 
shire Theaters, involving 28 houses; 
Loew-Poli circuit; Rialto, Salt Lake 
City, and the Indiana and Circle The- 
aters, Indianapolis. 

£3 The Broadway Parade II 

Picture and Director Theater 

All This and Heaven Too (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week Music Hall 

The Ghost Breakers (Paramount Pictures) — 2nd week Paramount 

Susan and Cod (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Capitol 

My Love Came Back (Warner Bros. Pictures) Strand 

Maryland (Twentieth Century-Fox) Roxy 

Those Were the Days (Paramount Pictures) Criterion 

Devil's Island (Warner Bros. Pictures) .Globe 

Millionaires in Prison (RKO Radio Pictures) Rialto 

Murder in the Night (Film Alliance) (a) Central 

West of Abilene (Columbia Pictures) (a) Central 

Brother Orchid (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

A Bill of Divorcement (RKO Radio Pictures) (a) Palace 


Cone With the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Selznick) — 31st week Astor 


The Baker's Wife (The Baker's Wife Co.)— 19th week World 


Untamed (Paramount Pictures) — July 24 Paramount 

South of Pago Pago (United Artists-Small) (c) Music Hall 

New Moon (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (c) Capitol 

They Drive By Night (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 26 Strand 

Sporting Blood (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) — July 20 Criterion 

The Fugitive (Universal Pictures) (c) Rialto 

One Man's Law (Republic Pictures) — July 17 (a) Central 

One Night (Principal Pictures) — July 17 (a) Central 

Four Sons (Twentieth Century-Fox) — July 18 (a-b) Palace 

Cross-Country Romance (RKO Radio Pictures) — July 18 (a) Palace 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 

Sub Film for "Tom Brown" 
At Chicago Oriental 

Chicago — Columbia's "Island of 
Doomed Men" will be this week's 
attraction at the Oriental Theater, 
replacing the previously booked RKO 
picture, "Tom Brown's School Days," 
which RKO withdrew after the 
Oriental reduced its admissions from 
65 cents to 40 cents. 

Johnny Jones, orf Jones, Linick & 
Schaefer circuit, operators of the 
Oriental, said yesterday that esti- 
mated grosses for the theater were 
over-rated by unauthorized sources 
in recent weeks, and that reduction 
in admission price was necessary to 
meet competition. Present stage 
policy will continue with the best 
available films in the"B" classifica- 
tion, according to Jones. 

Circuit will continue to operate 
the LaSalle Theater, as plans for a 
Loop garage on the site have fallen 

Agfa Ansco Under G A & F 
Setup is Swiss-Controlled 

Film Men Arranging 
Entertainm't for Democrats 

Chicago — Carter Barron, M-G-M, 
Washington manager, has Y. Frank 
Freeman, Jr., from Paramount stu- 
dios and Tom Walker, son of Frank 
Walker, Comerford prexy, assisting 
in arranging entertainment for the 
Democratic convention. Barron has 
arranged with Phil Regan to open 
convention today, singing "The Star- 
Spangled Banner," and Harry Rich- 
man will sing "God Bless America" 
at tonight's meeting. 

Claude Lee, of the Paramount pub- 
lic relations department, is here for 
the convention. 

Movement is gaining ground for 
Walker to succeed Farley, if Far- 
ley retires from the campaign man- 

Statement recently publisher in 
Time Magazine to the effect that 
Agfa Ansco is controlled by I. G 
Farbenindustrie of Germany is re- 
futed by General Aniline & Film 
Corp. in a trade ad published today 
which reproduces a letter appearing 
in the current issue of Time. 

General Anilin & Film points out 
that Agfa Ansco became a division 
of its corporate structure by merger 
last December, and that a Swiss cor- 
poration owns approximately two- 
thirds of G A & F stock. Holdings 
of I. G. Farbenindustrie in the Swiss 
corporation approximates 10% per 
cent of the voting power of its out- 
standing shares, it is asserted. 

Actual Swiss shares giving voting 
control of G A & F are held in Man- 
hattan, it is further pointed out. 

Footage Tax Measure 
Looming in California 

San Francisco — Two California 
State Legislators who are reported 
to be "burned up" at the industry, 
are plotting a bill for a cent a foot 
tax on films. 

During the recent session of the 
Legislature, Howard Philbrick, Di- 
rector of Motor Vehicles, resigned 
after assuming responsibility for 
placing of a dictograph in the hotel 
room of the Speaker of the Assem- 
bly. Subsequently, Philbrick was 
appointed to an industry executive 
post. It is reported that this new 
tax move is an outgrowth of that 

Helen Broderick Signed 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Herbert Wilcox has 
signed Helen Broderick for his next 
Anna Neagle film, "No, No, Na- 

COfninC and GOIDG 

SIDNEY R. KENT has arrived in the Thousand 
Islands for a vacation. 

NICHOLAS M. SCHENCK was due back in ' 
New York over the week-end after a studio 

THURMAN W. ARNOLD, assistant attorney 
general, arrived from Washington Friday. 

MEL CONHEIM, manager of the Win - 
Strand in Albany, returns there Mondayf/gr > 
a vacation in New York. ™'-.j> 

ARNOLD PRESSBURGER, French film pro- 
ducer, leaves Europe shortly for this country. 

MRS. MAX MILDER, wife of Warners' man-; 
aging director in England, arrived here over 
the week-end with the Milder children. 

T. E. SHEA, engineering vice-president foi 
Erpi, is on the Coast. 

NAT LEVINE is here from Hollywood on busi- 

JOE PENNER arrives here today from the 

JEFFREY LYNN returned to Hollywood over 
the week-end. 

MORGAN HOBART of Technicolor left Fri- 
day for the Coast; he'll be away about three 

JAMES BOYLE of RKO Radio's publicity de- 
partment is vacationing on the Jersey coast. 

PHIL DUGAN of the Warner New Haven con- 
tact office is at the National Guard camp al 
Fisher's Island. 

JAMES CASEY, manager of the Colonial 
Canaan, Conn, is on a Boston vacation. 

JULIEN DUVIVIER, French director, arrives 
today on the Excambion. 

RENE CLAIR is due here this week from 

department is vacationing at Lake George. 

Grand National Trustee 
Sues Skibo and Maguire 

Suit was filed on Friday in the 
Federal Court against Skibo Pro 
ductions, Inc., for $12,874 and Jere 
miah D. Maguire for $3,874 and an 
accounting by Harry G. Fromberg, 
as trustee of the estate of Grand 
National Pictures, Inc. Skibo is 
charged with borrowing $2,874, and 
Maguire $3,874, and failing to re- 
pay these loans to the company. 

An accounting on alleged receipts 
of 15 per cent on Educational Pic- 
tures distributed through 20th-Fox 
and Skibo is sought against Maguire 
on the ground that the payment? 
were unsupported by any considera- 
tion. Finally, $10,000 is sought from 
Skibo for alleged legal accounting, 
storage and rental services per- 
formed by GN for the defendant. 

Raymond Hackett 

Sam Schneider 
Ben Y. Cammack 

General Aniline & Film Corporation 

S 3 O Park Av enue 

New York July End, 1940, 


MILL 4-1300 

Time Magazine, 

Time & Life Building, 

New York, N. Y. 


In your issue of June 3rd, on page 72, you stated that Agfa 
Ansco is controlled by I . G. Farbenindustrie of Germany. 

As a consequence of a merger in December, 1939, Agfa Ansco 
Corporation became a division of General Aniline & Film Corporation. 
The latter has issued and outstanding 2,529,700-2/3 shares of stock, 
each share being entitled to one vote. Approximately 20,000 shares of 
the corporation are owned by German interests. This represents less 
than 1$ of the voting power of the stock. 

A Swiss corporation owns approximately two-thirds of the stock 
of General Aniline & Film Corporation. 

The I. G. Farbenindustrie owns stock in this Swiss corporation 
in an amount which represents approximately 10^ of the voting power 
of its outstanding shares. 

Neither I. G. Farbenindustrie nor any other German national 
have any direct or indirect interest in General Aniline &■ Film Corpo- 
ration other than the above. 

If Switzerland falls Into German hands, Agfa Ansco will not 
pass under German control for several reasons: 

(1) The actual Swiss shares giving voting control of General 
Aniline &. Film Corporation are held in Manhattan; 

(2) Swiss law provides that title to this stock can be changed only 
under existing Swiss law even though the government was forced to leave 


(3) Swiss law further provides that no officer or employee of a 
Swiss corporation remaining in occupied territory has any authority 
to act for his employer. 

Therefore, the statement appearing in your publication is 
without basis in fact. 

Very truly yours, 


H. S. Williamson 



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Monday, July 15, 1940 

Ohio ITO Backing 
Goldwyn's Stand 

(Continued from Page 1) 
the system of selling which is not 
only forcing exhibs. to take a lot of 
pictures that they do not want but, 
in addition, compels a large major- 
ity of the theater owners to a con- 
tinuation of multiple-feature opera- 
tion which is proving so harmful to 
the b.o." 

On the subject of duals, Wood 

"Multiple-feature bills are un- 
doubtedly becoming more and more 
of a menace to the industry and, if 
it continues, where double features 
now suffice, it will not be very long 
until there will be a vast number of 
theater owners trying to outsmart 
( ? ) their competitors by running 
triple feature bills as is presently 
being done in Chicago. 

"It might interest Mr. Goldwyn 
to know that, in the City of Colum- 
bus, notwithstanding the fact that 
the first-run downtown houses 
showed the following with a second 
feature, many of the first subse- 
quent-run theaters in Columbus ran 
them to excellent business without 
a second feature or any givea- 
ways: — "Stanley and Livingston," 
"Star Maker," "Drums Along the 
Mohawk," "Mr. Smith Goes to Wash- 
ington," "Babes in Arms," "Shop 
Around the Corner," "Hardy and 
Son," "Another Thin Man," "Re- 
becca," "Strange Cargo," "North- 
west Passage," "My Son, My Son," 
"Too Many Husbands" and "Buck 
Benny Rides Again." 

Conclude Hearings on RKO 
Reorganization Allowances 

Allowance hearings in RKO reorg. 
proceedings were concluded Friday 
by Federal Judge William Bondy on 
default of Thomas K. Finletter, spe- 
cial RKO counsel, to appear on his 
own application for an allowance for 
representing RKO in the company's 
efforts to reduce other applications. 
Finletter may reopen proceedings 
for his own allowance on consent of 
Judge Bondy. 

An application was made by Flor- 
ence J. Sullivan to expunge from 
the record all SEC recommenda- 
tions, because of a claim that the 
SEC was not privileged to appear 
at the hearings. 

Wm. Gargan for "Kitty Foyle" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — William Gargan has 
been cast opposite Ginger Rogers in 
RKO's "Kitty Foyle." 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — A daughter, weigh- 
ing 6% pounds, was born to Anne 
Shirley and her husband, John Payne, 
at the Cedars of Lebanon hospital. 
The baby has been named Julie 

Y V ▼ 

• • • FOR once, the shoe this time is going to be on the other 

loot It's an old newsapei columnist habit to cry out against 

Hollywood's treatment of newspaper types on the screen In our 

yesterdays we took certain exceptions ourself So what fol- 
lows is, after a fashion, merely balancing the account Among the 

newspaper comic strips .... originating with the Chicago Tribune 

and widely syndicated is Martin Branner's "Winnie Winkle, the 

Breadwinner" It's a so-called continuity strip That is, the 

strips tell a serialized story from day to day In New York, 

"Winnie Winkle" is a Daily News standby 

Y V Y 

• • • DURING recent weeks Cartoonist Branner has 

concerned himself with a thinly veiled campaign for the re- 
turn of vaudeville through the presentation of the adventures 

and misadventures of a barnstorming troupe of 

old-timers banded together on a co-op basis So far, okay 

But here's where Phil M. registers his squawk 

T T T 

• • • BRANNER places his troupe in a hick town and 

proceeds to depict the town's exhibitor named "Mr. Piggy" as 

an unprincipled monopolist "Mr. Piggy," it seems, hires the village 

toughies to break-up the vaudevillians' show in the Town Hall 

there is a scrap and the actors are hauled before a judge 

who orders a courtroom performance For a finale, the case 

against the actors is dismissed and "Mr. Piggy" the dastard 

is fined $124.75 the 75 cents being the judge's "cut" 

and price of admission to the show in the Town Hall 

▼ T T 

9 9 IF you ask us what Branner depicts is 100 

per cent un-comic and pretty much of a gross libel upon 

the exhibition arm of this industry It indicts the 17,000 the- 
ater managers in these United States as so many porcine 

cutthroats and from the standpoint of possible damaging pub- 
lic reaction exceeds by about 5,000 p.c anything Holly- 
wood ever did in its treatment of the American newspaper 


Y V ▼ 

• • • WONDER how many femme exhibs. there are in this biz, 

anyway? That's a result of the announcement that Claudia 

Miller and Margaret Hicks have acquired the Avon Theater, New 

Vienna, O after initial experience as exhibs. in Falmouth, Ky 

Other women theater operators in Ohio include Mrs. Phil Semelroth, 

Semelroth circuit, Dayton Miss F. Robinson, with houses in New 

Straitsville and Bainbridge and Mrs. William Shakespeare, who has 

several nabes in Cincinnati 

T T T 

i» • • AND while we're in a wondering mood there's 

that Sept. 15 release date set by Warners for "Knute Rocke — 

All American" That's jumping the gun on the gridiron season 

and would seem to ignore the momentum which might be 

derived from a release date timed a fortnight or so later 

when the football frenzy is in full swing. 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • BEFORE you sell film biz short and film biz these days 

means the domestic market consider the effect of Federal expendi- 
ture of some 13 or 14 billions for national defense upon 

employment and earning power 

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11 Million Building 
Total for Half Year 

(Continued from Page 1) 

same time all construction dropped 
.044 per cent. Theater building costs 
are shown at $11,638,000 for the first 
half of 1939. 

The Eberson data indicates $J^- 
623,087,000 spent for total const**** 
tion during the first half of I er .- , 
compared with $1,669,364,000 during 
the same 1939 months. 

Duvivier, Clair to Direct 
Two Pix Each on Coast 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Graetz. Duvivier arrives today on 
the Excambion, and will be followed 
later in the week by Clair. 

The Duvivier and Clair produc- 
tions will be distributed by a ma- 
jor company, according to Graetz, 
with disclosure of the distrib. to be 
made when he accompanies the di- 
rectors to the Coast shortly. Sto- 
ries to be made also will be revealed 
at that time. 

Transcontinental until recently 
had offices both in Paris and Holly- 
wood. Its last two French pix were 
distributed by Columbia. Duvivier 
directed "The Great Waltz" for 
Metro in 1938; Clair directed "The 
Ghost Goes West" for Korda in 1936. 

"60 Glorious Years" Going 
Out As "Queen of Destiny" 

(Continued from Page 1) 

York theater, Radio City Music Hall. 
Further bookings were withheld, 
presumably because it followed too 
closely the release of "Victoria, the 
Great," which had a similar theme. 
Both pictures were Herbert Wilcox 
productions and starred Anna Nea- 

"Pastor Hall" to Roosevelt 
Under Pending Deal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

rector of the English company, 
brought the print over from England 
several weeks ago. Story is said to 
be a bitter anti-Nazi theme. 


Kermit, Tex. — Frank Cross of the 
Kermit theater was married to 
Marie Cannon of Ranger. 

Albany — Christopher T. Hoffman 
of Fabian's Grand Theater here, 
was married last week to the for- 
mer Mary Richmond. They will 
return to Albany July 29. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILt 
Hollywood — Jack Carson will wee 
Kay St. German Aug. 10. Carsor 
acts for RKO, Miss St. German is 
on the air. 

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Prints available in Metropolitan area Thursday, July 18th.. 

Everywhere else, Friday, July 19th 


Monday, July 15, 1940 


Aug. 1 Consent 
Decree Deadline 

(Continued from Page 1) 

embracing United Artists, Univer- 
sal and Columbia. 

Professing to be ignorant of what 
was being discussed or proposed at 
settlement discussions last week, to 
which they said they were not in- 
vited, attorneys for the "Little 
Three" companies in question in- 
sisted they would never sign a con- 
sent decree. 

"I'm ready to go into court, try 
the case and win it," was the way 
one of the "Little Three" defense 
counsel phrased it. 

Decree to be Okayed by Indies? 

It was also reliably reported Sat- 
urday that the majors have been 
served notice by the D of J that a 
final O.K. must be given to any de- 
cree formula by the independent the- 
ater organization heads before it can 
be deemed acceptable. This infor- 
mation was said to have aroused a 
storm of protest by the "Big Five" 
counsel participating in the confer- 

Paul Williams, Special Assistant 
Attorney General, is understood to 
have conveyed this information to 
the majors counsel early last week, 
stating that numerous complaints 
had been received from independents 
in regard to the settlement propos- 
als, and that independent leaders 
had also warned him to be cautious. 

Despite the split between the "Big 

Five" and "Little Three" however, 
it is believed that the five majors 
participating actively in the confer- 
ences are still willing to accept a 
decree, provided that they have an 
"out" if it is proven unworkable, 
as was reported in The Film Daily 
some weeks ago when the decision 
was first revealed. Whether or not 
such a proposition would be accept- 
able to the Government has not been 
disclosed, but reports indicate the 
D of J might accept it. 

Climactic affect of the situation 
and apparent nearness of an im- 
pending decision one way or another, 
was reflected at the week-end in re- 
ports that Nicholas M. Schenck, 
Metro prexy, was arriving from the 
Coast by plane to be here by Mon- 
day. It was also learned from ma- 
jor counsel that Sidney R. Kent, 
20th-Fox chieftain, who left Thurs- 
day night for a vacation in the Thou- 
sand Islands, would be ready to re- 
turn to New York on short notice, 
if his presence was necessary. 

Friday Tells All 

How Ann Sheridan became the Oomph 
Girl, thanks to Charles Einfeld, is told 
in four pages of the current issue of 
Friday Magazine. Article calls Warners 
ad-publicify chief "probably the canniest 
of all the starmakers" and, as proof, 
details the campaign devised by Einfeld 
to put the Sheridan gal over. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

TAY GARNETT. Born in Los Angeles. Served in U. S. Navy aviation service 
' during the war, remaining in service after the Armistice, becoming ac- 
quainted with Alan Holubar, director, who purchased a story from Garnett. 
Persuaded by Holubar to leave aviation and join 
Holubar as scenarist. Joined Sennett later as title 
writer and story writer on Sennett comedies. 
Titled and directed comedies for Roach. In 1927, 
joined DeMille where he adapted "White Gold," 
directed by William K. Howard. Made the screen- 
play of "Skyscraper" and "The Cop" and wrote 
story and continuity of "Power." Directed 
"Celebrity." Remained with Pathe as director in 
1928-29-30. Was with Universal, Warners and 
M-G-M. Made a tour of the Orient gathering 
picture material. Directed for 20th Century-Fox 
and Walter Wanger. Produced and directed for 
RKO and Walter Wanger-United Artists release 
from 1937 to 1940. Now directing at Universal. 

RKO Radio Enters 
Fight Film Field 

(Continued from Page 1) 
welterweight champs, and elsewhere 
throughout the country on Friday, 
it was stated. 

Frank Donovan, RKO Pathe vice- 
prexy, will supervise the fight film's 

Move of RKO Radio is understood 
to result from the repeal of Fed- 
eral legislation barring the trans- 
portation of fight films across state 

Estimate 10% Gain in New 
State Theater Companies 

(Continued from Page 1) 

in 1938. Greater New York was re- 
sponsible for 1,020 charters, Erie 
County leading upstate. 

Theater and amusement compa- 
nies were estimated as increasing in 
charters by 10 per cent for the first 
six months of the year, as against 
a similar period in 1939. 

Shortage of Product 
Claimed in Philadelphia 

(Continued from Page 1) 

gested is that the fans know that 
one picture at least holds entertain- 

Meanwhile, Stanley-Warner the- 
aters are holding over all shows if 
business warrants. Grosses locally 
are off, strongest pix being Metro's 
"New Moon" and "Andy Hardy 
Meets Debutante." 

Move to Organize Philly 
Indie Theater Employes 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ing of the Building Service Em- 
ployes union, Local 209-A, has been 
called for tonight with invitations 
sent to all ushers, ticket takers, 
cashiers, janitors, doormen and 
others to attend. B. C. Storms is 
business agent for the Local. 

B & K Tele Readied 
For Debut on Jan. 1 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tion, two in Loop and one on west 
side. Firm will make an initial ex- 
penditure of around $100,000 for 
transmitting, receiving and studio 

Company will use DuMont system 
and will provide at least 100 receiv- 
ing sets, many to be installed in 
theaters in Chicago and suburbs and 
surrounding towns. Station will de- 
vote itself to further research in tele- 
vision engineering and to experi- 
mental work in program presentation 
to determine types of entertainment 
most feasible to transmit through 
this medium. This will include tele- 
casting of motion picture film of both 
16 and 35 millimeters, as well as 
presentation of picture and radio 
talent in person. Program plans now 
being formulated by television staff 
of Paramount Pictures which will 
co-operate with Balaban & Katz. 

Technically the station's telecasting 
limits as determined by apparatus 
now available will assure it of maxi- 
mum reception with a radius of 50 
miles and minimum reception within 
a radius of 100 miles which would 
include Milwaukee, Rockford and 
South Bend roughly as outer limits. 

Zenith at the present time is tele- 
vising a noon hour program five days 
a week, with two-hour programs 
also sent out Monday, Wesnesday 
and Friday nights. Both films and 
live talent are used. Approximately 
200 receivers are now spotted here, 
according to G. E. Gustafson of 

Companies manufacturing tele re- 
ceivers here at the present time, in 
addition to Zenith, include Wells 
Gardner, Belmont Radio Mfg., Gal- 
bin Mfg., Motorola and Stewart- 
Warner. In some instances, the re- 
ceivers are solely for experimental 
use. Zenith is experimenting with 
tele transmitters. 

Hecht Signs Rita Hayworth 

Hollywood — Ben Hecht has signed 
Rita Hayworth for "Before I Die/' 



Consent Decree Near? 

-.Continued fyom Page 1): 

Prexy Geo. J. Schaefer asked re- 
duction in RKO reorg. allowances, 
because of diminishing revenue, and 
asserted industry is facing a "most 
serious crisis" . . . Loew's, Inc. ,4"* flj 
discontinue Loew's Weekly in M e '. r 
of a directory of Loew theaters pro- 
grams in daily newspapers . . . Sam- 
uel Goldwyn announced cessation of 
all production until his UA suit is 
settled. His complaint against Alex- 
ander Korda and London Films was 
dismissed . . . 20th-Fox closed a two- 
pix deal with Howard Hughes . . . 
Earle W. Hammons intends to enter 
feature production . . . Gary The- 
ater Co. will appeal its anti-trust 
suit against majors . . . Edward 
Small out with screed calling duals 
a "mark of greed" . . . Korda pre- 
paring seven stories for Coast pro- 
duction . . . Edgar Bergen talking 
production deals with UA and RKO 
. . . MPPDA mapping patriotic cam- 
paign for screens . . . Pathe News 
will cover the Democratic conven- 
tion for television. 

Seven Monogram Offices 
To Meet Here This Week 

Monogram will hold a meeting of 
seven Eastern exchange forces at 
the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, New York, 
next Friday and Saturday. Partici- 
pating in the parleys will be the 
personnel from New York, Philadel- 
phia, Washington, Boston, New 
Haven, Albany and Buffalo. Presi- 
dent Ray Johnston is expected to 
fly in from the Coast. Edward A. 
Golden, general sales manager, said 
the meetings were of importance be- 
cause the territories represented 35 
per cent of the national gross. 

Expected to attend are : Harry Thomas, . 
head of the company-owned branches in New 
York, Philadelphia and Washington; T. P. 
Loach, vice-president and treasurer ; Norton 
Ritchey, foreign department head ; Lou Lif- 
ton, advertising and publicity director ; Ed- ; 
ward Schreiber, assistant treasurer; Lloyd 
Lind, head of the contract department ; John 
Harrington, print and accessories manager: 
Joseph Lamm, chief accountant, H. G. Davis, 
personnel and office manager, and the fol- 
lowing branch representatives : 

New York : Joseph Felder, William Moses. 
Lester Tobias, Richard Perry, Sol Kravitz 
and Jules Chapman. 

Philadelphia : Sam Rosen, Moe Sherman. 
Samuel Palan and W. Z. Porter. 

Washington : Harry Brown, Harry Crull, 
Arthur Hansen and D. Price. 

Boston and New Haven : Steve Broidy. 
Leo Britton, Nat Furst, Eugene Gross and 
Herman Konnis. 

Albany : Nathan Sodikman and Mitchell 

. Buffalo : Harry Berkson and Howard Mc- 

Crack ©' the WeeU 

W est Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Crack o' the week here 
originated with John Chapman, new. Hol- 
lywood columnist of the New York Daily 
News, who, already weary of the title 
cycle, suggested a picture called, "Four 
Mothers-in-law at Edison the Hotel 
Somewhere Down Around the Argentine 
Where They All Fell in Love." 




♦onday.July 15, 1940 


1EVIEUJ5 Of H€UJ fums 


"The Boys From 

th Allan Jones, Joe Penner, Martha Raye 
<iversal 73 Mins. 


Here is a natural for exhibs. With a first 
te advertising campaign both by Universal 

|d exhibitors, this picture is a heavy poten- 
il money winner for all concerned. It is 
eked with laughs, is definitely timely as 
capist entertainment that will really en- 
rtain audiences, and will go over with any 
d all types of audiences. The cast names 
2 fairly strong marquee attractions, but 
e title and the picture must be sold to 
e public intensively as the country at 
ge does not know the picture as an 
aptation of one of the funniest Broadway 
age plays of recent years. 
This type of picture is eactly what the 
cfor ordered for a public which is fed 
with war, taxes and other things. At 
e same time, it is also distinctly apart 

.am the usual type of screenfare. As his 
st production effort for Universal, Jules 
vey can take a lot of bows for hitting the 
ll's-eye with his first picture. 

| The story follows the stage play closely, 
t has been "hoked up" even more than 
e play with gags that are sure-fire laugh 
nners. The world of today is heavily sa- 

: ized with regard to taxes, over-abundance 
laws and numerous current nuisances. 
le direction of A. Edward Sutherland leaves 

We to be desired. He makes the most 
every gag, keeps his pace fast and 
loothly handles the players. Leonard 

' iegelgass and Charles Grayson rate a big 
nd for a neatly turned out screenplay. 
The players are all good, with Allan 
nes and Joe Penner in dual roles as twin 
others handling the bulk of the work, 
larles Butterworth will get howls as the 
ike of Ephesus with a trumpeting set of 
ardsmen that sound off every time he 
sves. Irene Hervey and Rosemary Lane 
coratively grace the picture and Miss 
ne handles one song number effectively. 
Martha Raye displays her talents to good 
vantage, with enough of Miss Raye to 
mpletely satisfy her fans and not too 
jch to disgruntle. Alan Mowbray and 
ic Blore are highly amusing as a pair of 
ilors, who like many present-day tailors, 
dn't get paid anything in ancient Greece 
muel S. Hinds and the remainder of the 
st are also effective. 
Story concerns the search of Hinds and 
s son, Jones, and his slave, Penner, all 
racusans, for their twin brothers. When 
ey arrive in Greece, where twin brother 

:<nes, and his slave, Penner, lost at sea 

any years before, has become a ruling 
wer and put a law into effect that all 
racusans will be hanged, the fun becomes 
st and furious as wives mistake the twins 
d the rightful husbands are locked out, 
cused of this and that, and general con- 
sion ensues. 

CAST: Allan Jones, Joe Penner, Martha 
iye, Rosemary Lane, Irene Hervey, Eric 
ore, Alan Mowbray, Samuel S. Hinds. 
CREDITS: Producer, Jules Levey; Director, 
Edward Sutherland; Screenplay, Leonard 
iegelgass and Charles Grayson; From the 
ige play by George Abbott, Richard Rodg- 

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"Young People" 

with Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, 

Charlotte Greenwood 

20th -Fox 78 Mins. 



Shirley Temple's latest and last offering 
for 20th Century-Fox is loaded with enter- 
tainment and finds the youngster as ap- 
pealing and attractive as ever. It is an 
ideal vehicle for the talents of the star and 
she scores with her acting, singing and 
dancing. Stepping and singing right along 
with Shirley are the talented, elongated 
Charlotte Greenwood and Jack Oakie. Allan 
Dwan has supplied skillful, sympathetic di- 
rection. Harry Joe Brown deserves many 
bows as producer. 

Kathleen Howard as the veteran school 
teacher, who rules the town of Stonefield, 
Vermont, is an important member of the 
cast. George Montgomery is likeable and 
pleasing as the young editor and owner of 
a Democratic paper in an old Republican 
Community. Arleen Whelan, Minor Wat- 
son, Olin Howard, Mae Marsh, Sarah Ed- 
wards and Charles Halton are among the 

Edwin Blum and Don Ettlinger concocted 
an entertaining screenplay. "I Wouldn't 
Take a Million" and "Fifth Avenue" are 
the best of the five songs by Mack Gordon 
and Harry Warren. 

When one of their old vaudeville friends 
dies, Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood adopt 
his youngster, Shirley. When she is a few 
years old she becomes an active member 
of their comedy, singing and dancing act. 
The foster parents decide Shirley should be 
allowed to lead a normal life instead of liv- 
ing in hotels and on trains. They buy a 
farm in Vermont. 

They find the natives narrow-minded and 
unfriendly. Oakie has many ideas of how 
to make the town attract tourists and fac- 
tories, and the natives believe they are 
"framing" him when they make him a "one 
man Chamber of Commerce." 

When Kathleen Howard, who rules the 
town, breaks up a school entertainment or- 
ganized by Shirley, Shirley and her foster 
parents decide to leave Stonefield and re- 
turn to the stage. They leave in a heavy 
rainstorm and save several children lost 
in the rain. The natives relent and get be- 
hind Oakie and his progressive ideas. 

CAST: Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Char- 
lotte Greenwood, Arleen Whelan, George 
Montgomery, Kathleen Howard, Minor Wat- 
son, Frank Swann, Frank Sully, Mae Marsh, 
Sarah Edwards, Irving Bacon, Charles Hal- 
ton, Arthur Aylesworth, Olin Howard, Billy 
Wayne, Harry Tyler, Darryl Hickman, Shir- 
ley Mills, Diane Fisher, Bobby Anderson. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harry Joe Brown; Di- 
rector. Allan Dwan; Screenplay, Edwin Blum, 
Don Ettlinger; Cameraman, Edward Cron- 
jager; Art Directors, Richard Day and Ru- 
dolph Sternad; Editor, James H. Clark; 
Music and Lyrics, Mack Gordon and Harry 
Warren; Musical Director, Alfred Newman; 
Dances staged by Nicholas Castle and 
Geneva Sawyer. 

Very Good. 

ers and Lorenz Hart; Cameraman, Joe Valen- 
tine; Editor, Milton Carruth. 



FROM long experience, cameramen con- 
fidently rely on Eastman negative films to 
more than meet today's production re- 
quirements. Extra quality— reserve power 
—supports each film's special ability; 
and each is firmly established as the raw- 
film favorite, with good reason. Eastman 
Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y. 

J. E. BRULATOUR, INC., Distributors 
Fort Lee Chicago Hollywood 


for general studio use when little light is available 


for baehgrounds and general exterior work 



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itimate in Character 
iternational in Scope 
^dependent in Thought 


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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

DL. 78. NO. 11 




detro Marking Time In Selling Suburban Houses 

hatching Effect of New 
sderal Admission Tax 
n Price Structures 

M-G-M is marking time in the 
Uing of suburban accounts in or- 
r to watch the effect of the new 
rmission tax on the price structure 

theaters. In order to protect it- 
If and its exhibitor customers, 
■arance may have to be increased 

some instances between houses 
w charging 20 cents (tax free) 
d those charging 29 cents because 

both city and Federal taxes. 
In situations where there is a 
ven-day clearance between a 20- 
nt house and one charging 25 cents 
us the tax, it is likely that a pa- 
on, especially where there are sev- 
al members of the family, will wait 

(Continued on Page 6) 

lative Pix Getting 
>\i in Philippines 

Here for home office conferences, 
. B. Lederman, manager for 20th- 
ox in the Philippines, told THB 
ilm Daily yesterday that the past 
:w years have seen a steady rise in 
itive production which has in turn 
.ken away playing time of Amer- 
an distributors in the islands, 
ederman, however, pointed out that 

(Continued on Page 4) 

aramount Experimenting 
Vith "Tabloid" Re-issue 

As an experiment, Paramount will 
please a "tabloid" version of "Love 
[e Tonight," made in 1932 and star- 
ng Maurice Chevalier, Myrna Loy 
nd Jeanette MacDonald. Picture 
as been cut down to four reels by 

(Continued on Page 7) 

That Film Touch 

Chicago — There's something of a film 
touch provided to the Democratic Na- 
tional convention here by the presence 
of Melvyn Douglas, delegate; Helen 
Gahagan (Mrs. Douglas), alternate and 
national committeewoman, and Col. Peter 
Saunders, of Richmond, chairman of the 
Virginia Censor Board, also a delegate. 


Free Film Shows In Dominion Result in Sale of 
Estimated $1,000,000 in War Savings Stamps 

Toronto — The Canadian motion* 
picture industry, with the assistance j 
of U. S. film biz, last night did its | 
collective bit to "Stamp Hitler Out" 
and "Win the War." 

In the Dominion's approximately 
1,300 theaters, SRO audiences at 8:30 
p.m. saw free shows, using tickets 
presented by the industry to pur- 
chasers cf a minimum of two War 
Savings Stamps. Through the indus- 

try's intensive campaign, it is esti- 
mated $1,000,000 in stamps and certi- 
ficates — the goal — were sold. 

Programs at the free shows were 
largely the current attractions. By 
arrangement with distribs., there 
will be no charge for films exhibited 
last night, reduction in rental being 
pro rata on the booking. In the event 
that an exhib. asked for a new show 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Eight Coast Studios 
Start 13 Features 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Thirteen pictures are 
scheduled to go into production this 
week. The roster: 

At Columbia: "Nobody's Children." 
At Paramount: "Virginia" star- 
ring Madeleine Carroll and Fred 
MacMurray with Lynne Overman, 
Carolyn Lee, Marie Wilson, Tom 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Cont. News Coverage 
Said 100% Nazi Controlled 

European newsreel coverage, with 
the exception of England, is com- 
pletely controlled by the Germans, 
according to Lewis Buddy, Para- 
mount's newsreel chief for continen- 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Detroit Scents 
Film Shortage 

Detroit — Prospects of a film short- 
age have caused radical shifts in 
booking policies by United Detroit 
Theaters. General slowdown in film 
selling appears to be a major con- 
tributing factor in the prospective 
shortage, rather than the annual 
"film blockade" which is normally 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Pascal to Complete Shaw 
Picture in Five Weeks 

Despite frequent delays caused by 
the war, Gabriel Pascal expects to 
complete George Bernard Shaw's 
"Major Barbara" in England in 
about five weeks, according to Mar- 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Blame Tax for Ohio B. O. Drop 

Exemption Elimination Proposal Supported 

Eastman Employes Will 
Take British Children 

Rochester — Kodak employes here 
have offered to take several hun- 
dred children of Kodak employes in 
England into their homes to escape 
the war, if arrangements can be 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Cleveland — Move launched by the 
MPTO of St. Louis, Eastern Mis- 
souri and Southern Illinois for the 
elimination of all amusement tax 
exemption, making a levy effective 
on admissions of one cent or more, 
is finding support here as a result 
of developments in the wake of the 
newly instituted Federal tax. 

Trial of raising the quarter nabe 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Court Informed of D of J's 
'Belief; Trial Off to 22nd; 
Resume Parleys Today 

Federal Judge Henry W. Goddard 
yesterday postponed trial of the Gov- 
ernment's equity action against the 
majors to July 22 after Special As- 
sistant Attorney General J. Stephen 
Doyle in a carefully phrased state- 
ment informed the Court that "it was 
believed that progress is being 

Expected fireworks resulting from 
breakdown of negotiations with the 
three non-theater owning companies 
failed to materialize, but reliable 
sources predicted that the situation 
would come to a head on the ad- 
journed date. At that time, Judge 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Screen Guild Radio 
Show Pact Renewed 

Gulf Oil Co. has signed contracts 
with the Screen Actors' Guild calling 
for the Guild to again supply a Sun- 
day evening air show, with approxi- 
mately $10,000 per week being paid 
by Gulf to the Motion Picture Re- 
lief Fund for the appearance of tal- 
ent of top-flight caliber. 

Under terms of the contract, which 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Mrs. F. D. R. to Do Prolog 
For Son's "Pastor Hall" 

Acquisition of "Pastor Hall," 
British Grand National picture with 
an anti-Nazi theme, was announced 
yesterday by James Roosevelt. 
United Artists will release the pic- 
ture in about four weeks. 

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will 
be heard in a special prolog preced- 
ing each showing. 

Then Why Do It? 

Cleveland — A local theater owner who 
operates a subsequent-run house with 
double features and a game, reports that 
the other night he gave away more 
cash than he took in. It happened be- 
cause somebody hit a jack pot. 


Tuesday, July 16, 19' 

Vol. 78, No. 11 Tues., July 16, 1940 lOCents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
Holidays at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
by Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. ' J. W. 
Alicoate, President and Publisher; Donald M. 
Mersereau, Secretary-Treasurer. Entered as 
second class matter, Sept. 8, 19.58 at the 
post-office at New York, N. Y., under the 
act of March 3, 1879. Terms (Postage free) 
United States outside of Greater New York 
$10.00 one year; 6 months, $5.00; 3 months, 
$3.00. Foreign, $15.00. Subscriber should 
remit with order. Address all communications 
to THE FILM DAILY, 1501 Broadway, 
New York, N. Y. Phone BRyant 9-7117, 
9-7118, 9-7119, 9-7120, 9-7121. Cable address: 
Filmday, New York. 

Representatives: HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— 
Ralph Wilk, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., Phone 
Granite 6607. LONDON— Ernest W. Fred- 
man, The Film Renter, 127-133 Wardour St., 
W. I. PARIS— P. A. Harle, La Cinematog- 
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Av, Coyoacan No. 100B, Mexico, D. F. 
BUENOS AIRES— Chas. de Cruz, Heraldo Del 
Cinematografista, Corrientes 1309. 


(Monday, July 15) 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 

Col. Piers, vtc. (2y 2 %) 4'/ 4 41/4 41/4— Vs 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind % s/ 8 % + Vs 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

East. Kodak 120 119 120 + 1V 4 

do pfd 16514 16514 16514 + 2'/ 2 

Gen. Th. Eq 

Loew's, Inc ZV/ 2 24V6 24y 4 + Vs 

do pfd 

Paramount 4% 4% 47/ 8 

Paramount 1st pfd 

Paramount 2nd pfd.. 7'/ 2 Wz 7'/ 2 + Vs 

Pathe Film 73/ 4 1% 7% — Vs 

RKO New 3 2% 3 

20th Century-Fox . . . 6% 6% 6% 

20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 2'/ 8 2'/ 8 2'/a 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46 

Loew's deb. 3i/ 2 s46..103 103 103 — Vs 

Para. B' way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv. 3 y 4 s47 

Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 


Monogram Picts 

Sonotone Corp 1 % 1 % \ 3/4 + Vs 

Technicolor 10l/ 4 10'/ 4 10'/ 4 + 14 

Trans-Lux 1 1 1 

Universal Corp. vtc 

Universal Picts 


Bid Asked 
Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45. . . 6314 65'/ 2 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

Revamp Baltimore House 
With Eye to Television 

Baltimore — Work on extensive 
renovation of the Auditorium The- 
ater, recently leased by C. W. Hicks, 
gets under way this week. Two bal- 
conies and stage will be removed. 
House will have provision for tele- 
vision, believed first such installa- 
tion in these parts. Will open 
around Oct. 1 as The Mayfair. 

12 Studio Red Cross 
Meetings Draw 30,000 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Thirty thousand stu- 
dio workers ranging from office boy 
to star attended meetings at 12 stu- 
dios and heard pleas for aid for 
American Red Cross and Allied Re- 
lief Fund. Speakers included Samuel 
Goldwyn, chairman of the Motion 
Picture Red Cross Committee; Dr. 

A. H. Giannini, chairman of Citi- 
zens' Committee; Louis B. Mayer, 
Walter Wanger, Walt Disney, Y. 
Frank Freeman, Jack L. and Harry 
M. Warner, Nate J. Blumberg, Joseph 
Pasternak, Cliff Work, Hal Roach, B. 

B. Kahane, Moe J. Siegel and Robert 

At Twentieth Century-Fox, Darryl 
F. Zanuck suggested that studio em- 
ployes receiving $100 per week or 
more donate two days' pay and those 
receiving less than $100 one day's 
pay. Jeanette MacDonald sang "The 
Star-Spangled Banner." 

Lone Ranger, Inc., Suit 
Against Rep. is Settled 

Suit of The Lone Ranger, Inc., 
against Republic Productions, Inc., 
was marked settled yesterday in the 
Federal Court on reported terms 
which provide for payment of $15,- 
000 by the defendant and a modifica- 
tion of an injunction issued against 
the defendant by Federal Judge Al- 
fred C. Coxe. 

The suit sought to restrain Repub- 
lic from distributing a serial based 
on the Lone Ranger, well-known ra- 
dio program, for damages of $10,000 
and a percentage of the gross of a 
previous serial and feature. The 
complaint also asked to restrain Re- 
public from distributing a film "The 
Lone Texas Ranger" as an imita- 
tion of the plaintiff's radio program. 

According to the complaint, in 
June 1937, Republic, under a con- 
tract, obtained the right to make one 
serial and one feature, but breached 
the contract by producing a second 

U. K. to Prevent "Leakage" 
Of Steel for New Theaters 

London (By Air Mail) — The Min- 
istry of Supply is shutting down on 
the supply of steel for new theaters, 
following disclosure by the Iron and 
Steel Control, that there had been a 
"leakage" of steel for new and half- 
completed cinemas. 

New theaters, or completion of 
those started, are considered non- 
essentials, the steel being needed for 
military purposes. 

B & K Shift "Andy Hardy" 
To Chicago, Circuit's Ace 

Chicago — Metro's "Andy Hardy 
Meets Debutante," current at B & 
K's Chicago theater, is the first of 
the series to play the circuit's ace 
house. Predecessors have gone to 
the United Artists theater. Pix is 
clicking strongly at the Chicago. 

Stage turns lined up for the Chi- 
cago include Glen Miller, Frank 
Parker, Gene Krupa, Tony Martin 
and the Ritz Brothers. 

Photophone U. K. Exports 
Up 57% Despite War 

Despite economic dislocations re- 
sulting from the war, exports to 
England of RCA Photophone equip- 
ment showed a jump of 57 per cent 
during the first six months of 1940 
over the corresponding 1939 half 

Attributing the sales increase to 
blackouts and war strain, Van Ness 
Philip, in charge of RCA Photo- 
phone international activities, noted 
that during the fore part of 1940, 65 
per cent of all British films were 
recorded on RCA equipment, com- 
pared with 40 per cent for the first 
half of 1939. 

RCA also reported an increase in 
U. S. sales during the second quar- 
ter of 1940. 

Bernstein Honorary Aide 
To British Films Chief 

London (By Air Mail) — Sidney L. 
Bernstein has resigned his pffices 
in connection with the 35 picture 
theaters in London and the provinces 
which he has managed to devote his 
entire time as honorary assistant to 
the director of the films division of 
the Ministry of Information. His 
appointment to the post, recently 
officially announced, carries with it 
the additional duties of technical ad- 
viser to the films division. 

Jacobs Replaces Wolf 
At Frisco for RKO Radio 

Ned E. Depinet announced yes- 
terday that N. P. Jacobs, formerly 
head of RKO's Los Angeles ex- 
change, has been appointed man- 
ager of the San Francisco branch, 
effective immediately. G. Wm. Wolf, 
former manager at San Francisco, 
will be given a new assignment. 

COminG and GOIfK 


WILL HAYS is due in Hollywood from 
York tomorrow. 

JAMES R. CRAINCER, prexy and general 
manager of Republic, left New York last n 
to visit the company's branches in Toronto, 
troit and Chicago. He returns to the h : 
office Monday. 

HOWARD DIETZ returns today fro 
Coast by plane. 

LAUDY LAURENCE, M-C-M's European cl 
is due this morning on the Clipper from Lis 

JOHN FARMER, RKO exec, is back froi 
Michigan fishing trip. 

JIMMY BOYLE, of the RKO publicity dep 
ment, is vacationing. 

arrived from the Coast yesterday. 

MARIAN BALDWIN, personal representa 
for Cabriel Pascal, returned to the U. S. on 

HOYT HADDOCK, executive secretary 
AGVA, is en route to the Coast to confer \ 
union leaders there. 

NORMAN KRASNA is at the Waldorf. 
BRIAN DONLEVY is here from the C 
for a vacation. 

CLAUDE COLLINS, director of motion pict 
and assistant director of promotion at 
World's Fair, has left for Pittsburgh on busin 

GEORGE W. BRANDT and his bride, the for 
VIVIENNE MANDELBAUM, are honeymooning 
Lake George, following their marriage Sund, 

CHARLES NESBIT of the Chicago Thea 
Chicago, and MRS. NESBIT are on a Wes 
motor trip. 

HELEN TWELVETREES is in Rochester fo 
Drama Festival. 

HERB BERG of Para.'s publicity departrr 
has returned from a Hunter vacation. 

HARRY ODENHAL, manager of B & K's C 
gress Theater, has returned from an East 

ABE DASH of THE FILM DAILY business s 
returned yesterday from a vacation. 

ROBERT BARHITE is in Rochester fn 

CATHLEEN CORDELL, English screen actrj 

and GLORIA HILLMAN, young English da 

and skater who has appeared in films, have 
rived in New York. 




the story of 
those 5 sisters 
in search of 



Coming Soon! 






(Week No. 3 for Providence too!) 

The only company delivering this kind 
of business in this kind of weather is 




Tuesday, July 16, 19't 

Eight Coast Studios 
Start 13 Features 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

Rutherford and Stirling- Hayden; 
"Love Thy Neighbor" co-starring 
Jack Benny and Fred Allen, with 
Mary Martin, Rochester, Verree 
Teasdale and Theresa Harris. 

At M-G-M: "Bittersweet" co-star- 
ring Jeanette MacDonald and Nel- 
son Eddy with Ian Hunter, Paul 
Lukas, Felix Bressart, Curt Bois and 
Sig Rumann; "Go West" with the 
Marx Bros. 

At 20th Century-Fox: "Charlie 
Chan in New York" with Sidney To- 
ler, Marjorie Weaver, John Sutton, 
Sen Yung, Joan Valerie and Donald 
MacBride; "Charter Pilot" with 
Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Arleen 
Whelan and George Montgomery. 

At Universal: "Fireman Save My 
Child" with Baby Sandy. 

At Warners: "Four Mothers" with 
Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola Lane, 
Gale Page, Jeffrey Lynn, Claude 
Rains, Eddie Albert, May Robson, 
Dick Foran and Frank McHugh. 

At Republic: "Colorado" starring 
Roy Rogers with George Hayes and 
Pauline Moore. 

At Monogram: The Paul Malvern 
special, "Queen of the Yukon" with 
Charles Bickford; "The Ape" star- 
ring Boris Karloff ; and Sam Katz- ' 
man's "That Gang- of Mine" featur- 
ing the East End Kids. 

Milwaukee Censorship 
Move Facing Opposition 

Milwaukee — Exhibitors here are 
expected to oppose a proposal by 
Aldermen Matt Mueller, John E. 
Kalupa and John Brophy to substi- 
tute a three-member paid motion 
picture censor board for the pres- 
ent motion picture commission. The 
aldermen point out that the present 
unpaid commission has no authority 
to enforce censorship. They plan a 
$2 fee for each picture viewed. 

Mayor Carl F. Zeidler recently 
criticized the present commission, 
which consists of nine members ap- 
pointed for a four-year period by 
the mayor, when complaints were 
made to him against "The Primrose 
Path" after the commission had ap- 
proved the picture. 

Barbara Stanwyck 

Ginger Rogers 

Mary Philbin 

llona Massey 

Cus Harris 


with PHIL M. OALYs 

• • • THERE'S a silver lining to every cloud as dear, old 

Hollywood for the umpty-umpth time, no less is presently 

establishing The cloud in this instance is the Nazi blitzkrieg 

which has devastated the foreign market materially shrink- 
ing the foreign revenue upon which American production has 

leaned for many a year The silver lining is to be found 

in what European talent now finding sanctuary in Hollywood 

is contributing to motion picture entertainment. 

T ▼ T 

• • • WHILE the screen both, as an art form and an 

industry has attained its greatest development on this 

side of the Atlantic its continued progress has re- 
flected more than native ingenuity and talent There is a 

place in the Hollywood sun for the contributions of all 

those who have something to offer and that is doubly 

true today when the' industry all arms of it face: 

a serious economic problem The demand in production 

in distribution and in exhibition is for the fresh ap- 
proach ▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • WHICH makes two new productions Metro's "We 

Who Are Young" and Warners' "My Love Came Back" of 

unusual interest to the entire trade Both seemingly quali- 
fying as "sleepers'" they represent the first American efforts 

of two Hollywood newcomers "We Who Are Young" was pro- 
duced by Seymour Nebenzahl whose "Mayerling" and "M" created 

stirs while 'My Love Came Back" was directed by Kurt Bernhardt 

once of Ufa later maker of bi-linguals in England These 

two pictures have a certain something which sets them apart. 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • "WE Who Are Young" additionally has John 

Shelton opposite Lana Turner Mark his performance 

mark his personality and you'll understand why 

we have a decided hunch he's going places under Metro 

handling And don't try to classify Shelton as another 

So-and-so He's John Shelton and he's good enough to 

stand on his own feet 

T ▼ T 

• • • WHILE we're on the subject of Hollywood and the 

fresh approach it's gratifying to note that those two able 

French picture-makers Julien Duvivier and Rene Clair are 

to be domiciled there The former arrived in New York yesterday 

the latter comes next week Transcontinental Films 

headed by Paul Graetz will produce their pictures for a major 

release new being set 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• t • STUFF Fred Schaffer of RKO back from a Maine 

vacation Hank Linet of Universal all tanned up from fishing 

upstate Jules Levey lining up more openings for his "Boys 

From Syracuse" Joe Penner and his Mrs, arrived in town 

yesterday en route to Syracuse. . . .Eric Blore due in today. . . .Will 
Hays en route to Hollywood; Mrs. Hays preceded him by a week 

H. M. Richey back from Northwest Allied convention and 

preparing to attend the Southeastern meet in Jacksonville next 

week With special wrappers, Columbia is preparing to give 

away millions of sticks of gum as part of the "Arizona" cam- 
paign Didja know that Charles Chaplin is UA's exchange 

head in St. John, N. B.? A. S. Kellam, Ross Federal checker, 

has been named to the Henrico County (Va.) Planning Board 

E. A. Burkart, 20th-Fox rep. at Cincy, is now a student 

pilot Dr. W. D. Kendig, who owns the Free State at Ken- 
bridge, Va., has been named to the board of the Bank of Lunen- 

Native Pix Getting 
Biz in Philippines 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

no effect on first-run business 1 
been noticeable. 

He said that there were about i 
sound-equipped theaters operating 
the territory today. Bulk of the f 
ness done by the native films i* 
the small nabes and backwo* 
towns where the natives do : 
understand English, he said. Led! 
man said there was a limited ma 
et for Chinese and Japanese fill 
but no market for French, Gern 
or Italian pix. 

Offsetting the native eneroachm 
on American films to some exteni 
a steady theater building and 
modeling program which is conti: 
ally increasing the scope of the c 
tributor, he said. 

Lederman will confer with Wal 
J. Hutchinson, director of fore 
distribution, while here and will tl 
go back to the Coast to spend sc 
time with relatives and friends 
fere he returns to Manila. 

Eastman Employes Will 
Take British Children 

(Continued from Page 1) 

made to send the children to Air 

This message was cabled to W 
ter G. Bent, Kodak general m 
ager for Europe, in response to 
inquiry about the willingness 

merican Eastman employes to r! 
bor their colleagues' children fi 

Number of Rochester Kodak fa 
lies volunteering exceeded, sev« 
times over, the number of child 
mentioned in Bent's inquiry, anc 
is believed possible that the num 
of children to be sent will be 
creased correspondingly. 

Del. Court to Get More 
Briefs in Union Appeal 

Wlimington, Del. — Decision in 
appeal of Local 473, Operators, fi 
an injunction granted last Sumi 
by Chancellor William Watson H 
rington in the Newcastle Cou 
Chancery Court prohibiting the i 
jectionists from picketing the Ri; 
Theater, indie first-run was pi 
poned yesterday in the State 
preme Court at Dover until at 
tional briefs are filed by oppos 1 

Bland Circuit Sells Calo 

Chicago — Bland circuit has 
its Calo to Arthur Davidson. 

Fur Coats Giveaways 

Richmond, Va. — Local theater manager 
are now being offered the "Merit Fu 
Plan" to fill their empty sears on of 
nights. Seems that a fur company o 
New York has a plan to submit in whicl 
a fur coat will be given away, one 
week for four weeks. 

iiesday, July 16, 1940 




We Who Are Young' 

with Lana Turner and John Shelton 





i rne company s ruies, rne wire is a 
| arged. The husband, hoping to have 
- reorganized plan accepted by the firm, kee 
his spirit. He and his wife attempt 

79 Mins. 


n "We Who Are Young," M-G-M has 
3 of those low budgeters that looked 
- )d while in production, was sugared some 
re and could turn out to be one of the 
;t releases of the year. 
It marks the debut of Metro's newest 
md," John Shelton, in the leading role, 
dging by the reception of his work by 
; preview audience, his appearance, and 
ibre of his performance, it can be said 
e studio made no mistake in giving him 
-star billing with Lana Turner. 
Producer, Seymour Nebenzahl, who made 
layerling" and other European successes, 

makes his U. S. debut with this; it is a 
id debut. Director Harold Bucquet, work- 

I; from the original script by Dalton Trum- 
, has done his job with feeling and gusto, 
enes melt and stand together in a manner 
istrative of a master's hand. 
Two young, poorly paid office employes 

a large accounting firm, (Lana Turner 
d John Shelton), take a chance and marry, 
ping to be able to keep their jobs until 
sir furniture is paid for and a home estab- 
ned. They are found out, and because 

the company's rules, the wife is d is 

have a 



ep together on his meager salary. 

Two months after their marriage, the 

sband, discovering his wife is to have a 

by, borrows money from a loan-shark, 

-"lo, when he lapses in a payment, attaches 

salary. The husband loses his job, goes 

relief, becomes bitter toward the world, 
til in desperation, he begins working with- 
t pay on a construction job and is thrown 

jail for disturbing the peace. 
From that point things change. Hope- 
sness vanishes. He finds new friends and 
e picture ends with the mother present- 

1 him with twins. They are on their feet 
ain and look out hopefully on a bright 

The story opens and closes with a narra- 
n by an unseen announcer, a clever twist. 
ie simplicity and perfection achieved by 
e cast and the crew will make you re- 
2mber this film. In supporting roles Gene 
ckhart, Grant Mitchell, Henry Armetta 
d Horace MacMahon give their usual 
od performances. 
CAST: Lana Turner, John Shelton, Gene 

. ckhart, Grant Mitchell, Henry Armetta, 
nathan Hale, Clarence Wilson, Ian Wolfe, 

> ;l K. Dawson, John Butler, Irene Seidner, 
larles Lane, Horace MacMahon. 
CREDITS: Producer, Seymour Nebenzahl; 
rector, Harold S. Bucquet; Author, Dal- 

'-n Trumbo; Screenplay, Same; Camera- 

1 an, Karl Freund; Art Director, Cedric Gib- 

Jms; Associate, Wade B. Rubuttom; Edi- 
«♦> r, Howard O'Neill; Musical Score, Bronis- 
i Kaper. 

'sry Good. 


"The Man I Married" 

with Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, 

Lloyd Nolan 

20th-Fox 77 Mins. 



Here is a stirring, exciting picture of 
the Germany of 1938 and of the wrecking 
of an eight-year-old marriage of an Amer- 
ican girl and her German husband. It does 
not pull any punches and is a strong indict- 
ment of Hitler and his regime. Irving Pichel 
has turned in an excellent job of direction, 
creating suspense and gaining interesting, 
human characterizations from his cast. Ray- 
mond Griffith functioned as associate pro- 

Joan Bennett does splendid work as the 
American wife, who goes to Germany open- 
minded, but soon gets first-hand evidence 
of the ruthless rules of the Nazis. Francis 
Lederer is convincing as the German hus- 
band, who after several years in New York, 
returns to Berlin and finds himself swayed 
by the Nazis. Lloyd Nolan does fine work 
in a sympathetic role of an American news- 
paper man, who befriends Joan. 

Anna Sten is very good as a staunch sup- 
porter of the Nazis, who does everything 
possible to win Lederer away from Joan. 
An outstanding characterization is that of 
Otto Kruger as Lederer's father, a 
lover of the old Germany and a bitter foe 
of Hitler. Maria Ouspenskaya, Ludwig Stos- 
sel, Johnny Russell, Lionel Royce, Fredrik 
Vogeding, Ernst Deutsch, Egon Brecher, 
William Kaufman and Frank Reicher round 
out an able cast. 

Oliver H. P. Garrett fashioned a gripping 
screenplay, based on Oscar Schisgall's story. 
Lederer, Joan and their little son, Johnny 
Russell, leave their New York City home to 
visit Lederer's father, Kruger, in Berlin. 
Lederer, who had not applied for his second 
American citizenship papers, is carried away 
by the Nazis, with his old sweetheart, Anna 
Sten, urging him on. He breaks with Joan 
and refuses to let her take their son back 
to New York. 

Kruger insists she be allowed the custody 
of their boy, and when he finds his son, 
Lederer, is deaf to his pleas, he divulges 
the fact that his (Kruger's) wife, had been 
a Jewess. This information causes Anna 
to leave Lederer, but Joan and Johnny re- 
turn to New York. 

CAST: Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, 
Lloyd Nolan, Anna Sten, Otto Kruger, Maria 
Ouspenskaya, Ludwig Stossel, Johnny Rus- 
sell, Lionel Royce, Fredrik Vogeding, Ernst 
Deutsch, Egon Brecher, William Kaufman, 
Frank Reicher. 

CREDTS: Associate Producer, Raymond 
Griffith; Director, Irving Pichel; Author, 
Oscar Schisgall; Screenplay, Oliver H. P. 
Garrett; Cameraman, Peverell Marley, ASC; 
Art Directors, Richard Day, Hans Peters; Edi- 
tor, Robert Simpson; Musical Direction, 
David Buttolph. 

Very Good. 

William J. Kelly Dead 

Springfield, Mass. — William J. 
Kelly, 39, manager of Warners the- 
ater at Lawrence, died here sud- 
denly while visiting his mother. 

"Carolina Moon" 

with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, 

June Storey 

Republic 65 Mins. 


Sticking to the new formula of more 
music, comedy and romance for the Autry 
series, Republic has a neatly rounded pic- 
ture in this release. The cast is able, Di- 
rector Frank McDonald makes the most of 
the situations offered, and the picture moves 
smoothly along at good pace. The Autry 
fans who like Gene to rough up the oppo- 
sition a bit will also be well satisfied. Pic- 
ture, however, is designed to reach outside 
the horse opera trade, and it should accom- 
plish this aim. 

Autry is supported by his usual cast, in- 
cluding Smiley Burnette, June Storey and 
Mary Lee, with Hardie Albright, Eddy Wal- 
ler and Jimmie Lewis and His Texas Cow- 
boys bolstering the principals. 

Autry and Burnette are riding the rodeo 
circuit when they run into Miss Storey. 
She and her father, Waller, hope to make 
some much needed money at the rodeo to 
pay taxes. Autry advises her not to ride 
her thoroughbred, but she does, and lames 
the horse. 

Later, Autry buys the horse from Waller 
so he can pay off a $1,000 gambling debt. 
However, Waller gets drunk and June takes 
the horse home. Autry and Burnette follow 
them, with considerable complications en- 
suing before he saves the honest planta- 
tion owners from being robbed by a lumber 

The music in the picture is good and 
Autry puts over his numbers effectively, 
with young Miss Lee and Miss Storey help- 
ing out. 

CAST: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June 
Storey, Mary Lee, Eddy Waller, Hardie Al- 
bright, Frank Dae, Terry Nibert, Robert 
Fiske, Etta McDaniel, Paul White, Fred 
Ritter, Ralph Sanford, Jim Lewis and His 
Texas Cowboys. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, William 
Berke; Director, Frank McDonald; Screen- 
play, Winston Miller; Original Story, Con- 
nie Lee; Cameraman, William Nobles; Edi- 
tor, Tony Martinelli. 


Disney Package Will Play 
Louisville, Toledo Houses 

Walt Disney Festival program, 
embracing "Snow White" and four 
shorts, has been set to open at the 
Strand, Louisville first-run house, 
July 19 and at the Rivoli, Toledo 
first-run theater, on the 26th. 

Start New Houston House 

Houston, Tex. — Work has been be- 
gun on a new theater here on the 
main route leading toward the ship 
channel area. The theater, which is 
being built by L. C. Baxley, will be 
leased to the Houston Plaza The- 
ater Co. 

"Devil's Island" 

with Boris Karloff 
Warners 62 Mins. 


The cruelties and injustices of life on 
the French prison island, before the system 
was reformed, are shown in a forceful drama 
that will please audiences. Story is stand- 
ard for this type of film but the direction 
by William Clemens, and the performances 
by the entire cast, maintain suspense and 

Boris Karloff contributes a fine sans- 
horror characterization of the doctor im- 
prisoned for treating an escaped convict. 
James Stephenson is good as the cruel 
prison head; Nedda Harrigan does a nice 
job as his wife, while the convict types 
are ably portrayed by the cast of char- 
acter players. 

Originally released early in 1939, but 
withdrawn on protest from the French Gov- 
ernment, the film relates the story of the 
doctor who treats a wounded escaped con- 
vict, is railroaded to Devil's Island where, 
despite saving the life of the commandant's 
child through an operation, is sentenced to 
death for trying to escape. The grateful 
mother finally turns on her husband and 
informs higher ups in time to effect a 

CAST: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, 
James Stephenson, Adia Kuznetzoff, Rolla 
Gourvitch, Will Stanton, Edward Keane, Rob- 
ert Warwick, Pedro de Cordoba, Tom Wil- 
son, John Harmon, Richard Bond, Earl Gunn, 
Sidney Bracy, George Lloyd, Charles Rich- 
man, Stuart Holmes, Leonard Mudie, Egon 
Brecher, Frank Reicher. 

CREDITS: Director, William Clemens; Or- 
iginal Story, Anthony Coldeway, Raymond 
L. Schrock; Screenplay, Kenneth Garnet, 
Don Ryan; Cameraman, George Barnes; Ed- 
itor, Frank Magee; Art Director, Max Park- 
er; Dialogue Director, John Langan. 


Shannon In Abbott Pix 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Harry Shannon, 
Broadway actor, who recently fin- 
ished work in "Tugboat Annie Sails 
Again," at Warners, has been signed 
for an important role in "Too Many 
Girls," which George Abbott is pro- 
ducing and directing for RKO. Lou 
Irwin set the deal. 


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Tuesday, July 16, 194 

Metro Marking Time 
in Selling Suburbans 

{Continued from Page 1) 

a week to see a picture at the 20- 
cent house in order to save nine 
cents on each ticket at the higher 
priced theater. 

M-G-M is of the opinion that 
neighborhood theaters in larger cit- 
ies may rearrange their prices, 
thereby making it necessary to re- 
align the clearance, and for that rea- 
son product deals are not being 
pushed until the matter is adjusted. 

Detroit, Scenting Film 
Shortage, Shifts Policies 

{Continued from Page 1) 
due to delay of the big circuits in 
signing up. 

First UDT innovation is booking 
"French Without Tears" to play 
first-run at two nabes, the Regent 
and Annex. Six other UDT houses 
are experimenting with full week 
bookings instead of split weeks — the 
Varsity, Vogue, Ramona, Alger, 
Norwest, and Rosedale. 

Techniprocess Completes 
Slot Machine Subjects 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Techniprocess Process 
Corp. has completed five three-minute 
subjects for automatic projectors. 
They include "Playmates," "The Man 
That Came Around," "Say Si Si," 
"Harem Life" and "Love Song Of 

Techniprocess' production staff in- 
cludes Mario Castegnaro, producer; 
Ralph Hammeras and John F. Seitz, 
associate producers; Wallace Milam 
and Jack Murray, associate direc- 
tors; Thomas Peluso, musical direc- 
tor; Philip Horton, special lyrics and 
music; Ed Hammeras, cinematog- 


Philadelphia — A son, their first, 
was born yesterday to Mr. and Mrs. 
Lester Krieger at Jefferson Hos- 
pital. Father, S-W exec, here, is 
well-known in the trade. 

Massilon — Robert Partlow, assist- 
ant manager of Warners' Lincoln 
Theater, is the father of a baby boy, 
who has been named Jack Warner 

Pittsburgh — Mrs. Abe Weiner, 
wife of the local UA branch man- 
ager, presented her husband with a 
6V2 pound baby daughter, their first 
child, in the Mercy Hospital here. 

Rochester — Joe Deacon, manager 
of the Dixie, and Mrs. Deacon have 
a new son. 

\ st. Exhibitor Sings 
His Wares on Radio 

Harrisonburg, Va. — Jack Fretwell, man- 
ager of the State here, has a running 
start on most exhibs. in plugging com- 
ing attractions via radio. Fretwell, 
possessor of a good singing voice, does 
a five-times-a-week 15-minute stint 
over the local radio station in order to 
plug his attractions, build up local shows 
which he emcees, and get to know his 
patrons better. 

Screen Guild Radio 
Show Pad Renewed 

(Continued from Page 1) 

returns the show for its third season 
under the same sponsorship, the pro- 
gram will again be heard Sundays, 
7:30-8 p.m. over a Coast-to-Coast 
CBS network, effective the first Sun- 
day in October. 

MP Relief Fund during the last 
two years has received approximate- 
ly $570,000 as a result of the radio 
tieup, it is said. 

Will Non-Existent Censors 
Become Realities in La.? 

Baton Rouge, La. — The Louisiana 
Legislature's session is ended, but 
not exhib. apprehensions. It's this 
way: State has a censorship law, 
unenforced. The Legislature passed 
an amendment increasing the sal- 
aries of non-existent censors. Ques- 
tion: Will Gov. Jones, whose ad- 
ministration is preaching law en- 
forcement, sign the bill and make 
censorship an actuality? 

Westinghouse Quarterly 
Net Shows Jump of 46% 

Westinghouse Electric & Manu- 
facturing Co. profit for the quarter 
ended June 30 jumped 46 per cent 
over the same 1939 quarter. In- 
terim report showed net profit of 
$5,795,581, equal to $2.17 per share. 
Earnings for the half year are equal 
to $3.68 per share compared with 
$2.37 for the first half of 1939. 

"Leopard Men" To Play 
Two Weeks In Detroit 

Detroit — Ralph Peckham, former 
Grand National manager, has been 
appointed local manager for Select 
Attractions. Peckham has placed 
"Leopard Men of Africa" in the 
Adams Theater for two weeks start- 
ing July 19, reversing the prevailing 
Detroit policy of booking all first- 
runs for a single week only. 

Film Fumbles Starts Aug. 4 

Detroit — Film Fumbles starts in 
an undisclosed number of Detroit 
theaters Aug. 4, Lloyd Hammond, 
producer, told Film Daily. Local 
houses will have an approximate 
$5,000 weekly giveaway. 

Outstanding Shorts 

How Good They Are— How to Sell Them— Who Has Them 


"Popular Science J9-6" 

Paramount 11 Mins. 

Will Hold Interest 

A peek at the methods used in the 
manufacture of the new nylon stock- 
ings will be of considerable interest 
to the fernmes. While much of the 
duPont process is kept secret, enough 
is shown to make it worth-while screen 
fare. Animal lovers will applaud the 
sequences showing a new splint, de- 
veloped by Dr. Otto Stader of Ard- 
more Animal Hospital, that enables 
a dog to walk on a broken leg as soon 
as it is set. Shots of the Government's 
work in checking on water fowl mi- 
grations and a mechanical device for 
working out complex mathematical 
problems, fill out the reel. 


"A Way in the 

(Passing Parade) 
M-G-M 10 Mins. 

Absorbing Subject 
Trials and frustrations of Dr. Joseph 
Goldberg in his efforts to discover the 
cure for pellagra, disease of the under- 
nourished, are depicted in a manner 
to hold the interest of any audience 
in this latest subject narrated by John 
Nesbitt. Dr. Goldberg of the U. S. 
Public Health Service, in 1914 was 
sent to the South to investigate the 
plague that was killing off many of 
the poorer classes. He finally discov- 
ered that pellagra did not come from 
a germ but was the result of under- 
nourishing food and could be cured 
by a change in diet. Fred Zinnemann 


You can't get two women together 
these days without hearing a discus- 
sion of the merits of the new nylon 
stockings. Here is a chance to get 
them into your theater to see how the 
stockings are made. Window tie- 
ups with department and other retail 
stores are inexpensive and should be 
easy to arrange. Make sure that local 
animal protective societies know about 
the new splint demonstrated in an- 
other sequence of this reel. They will 
also be interested in the Government 
water fowl protection shots. 

The medical science theme of the 
film makes it possible to try some 
of the less usual exploitation stunts. 
For instance, screen the film for your 
local medical association and mail cards 
to all doctors in the community. Get 
the science editor to review the sub- 
ject as background for a feature piece. 
Local home economics classes will be 
interested in the dietary angle of the 
film so let the high schools and col- 
leges know about it. 



"His Bridal Fright" (Charley Chase); "How High Is Up?" (Three Stooges); "News 

Oddities" (Phantasy); "The Pooch Parade" (Fables); "Screen Snapshots No. 9"; "Canvass 

Capers" (Sport Reel); "Cinescope No. 6"; "The Archives" (Washington Parade). 


"Trifles of Importance" (Passing Parade). Others to be announced. 


"Sink or Swim" (Sportlight) ; "Way Back When Razzberry Was a Fruit" (Stone Age 

Cartoon); "You Can't Shoe a Horse Fly" (Color Classic); "Pinky Tomlin and Orchestra" 

(Headliner); "Dangerous Dollars" (Paragraphic); "Fightin' Pals" (Popeye). 


"The March of Time, No. 12"; "Put Put Trouble" (Walt Disney); "Information Please 
No. 12"; "'Taint Legal" (Edgar Kennedy); "Bested By a Beard" (Leon Errol); "Good- 
ness, A Ghost" (Radio Flash); "Sportscope No. 12"; "Reelism No. 12." 


"Cheerio, My Dears" (Lew Lehr) ; "Rupert, the Runt" (Terrytoon); "Action on Ice" 
(Thorgesen-Sports) ; "Love In a Cottage" (Terrytoon). 


"Springtime Serenade" (Color Cartoon reissue); "Candyland" (Color Cartoon reissue); 
"Stranger Than Fiction No. 79"; "Going Places No. 79"; "Hawaiian Rhythm" (Musical). 


"Little Blabber Mouse" (Merry Melody); "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" (Looney Tune); 

"Pony Express Days" (Technicolor Productions); "Young America Flies" (Broadway 

Brevity); "The Egg Collector" (Merry Melody); "The Valley" (Color Parade); "A Wild 

Hare" (Merry Melody); "Woody Herman and Orchestra" (Melody Master). 


sday, July 16, 1940 


" inadian War Shows 
ing In Million 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the free performance, it was 
Inished wtihout charge. 
Support of the campaign was wide- 
jead, chui'ches, fraternal orders, 

r unions, mercantile organiza- 
and service groups co-oper- 
Large retail establishments 
e took over the entire special per- 
mance in several of the larger the- 
rs, including Shea's, Imperial and 

wlembers of Local 173, Operators, 
tght stamps equalling a day's pay 
m their employing theaters. W. 
Covert, IATSE vice-prexy, invest- 

S200 in the stamps, turning his 
e tickets over to cadet pilots of 

Royal Canadian Air Force. 
There were scheduled p.a.'s by film 
1 stage "names" in theaters here, 
ntreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and 
nnipeg. In Montreal, Sir Cedric 
rdwicke appeared at several 

iscal to Complete Shaw 
cture in Five Weeks 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Baldwin, Pascal's personal rep- 

entative, who arrived in New 

vk on the Washing-ton after a 

kr in England. The picture is to 

distributed by United Artists in 

U. S. 
Miss Baldwin said yesterday that 
seal planned to come over here 
en the picture is finished and to 
*ke "The Devil's Disciple" in Hol- 
/ood. "Major Barbara" has been 
work 10 weeks, although the pic- 
e was slated to go before the 
neras last September at the Pine- 
od studios. However, the studios 
re taken over for war purposes 
1 shooting was shifted to Denham. 
3 ascal, Miss Baldwin said, has had 
rew of 86 persons on location far 
m airplane interference and raid 
eats. She brought over a set of 
.Is from the picture. 

'indsor Theater Bronx, 
ying Legitimate Policy 

Windsor Theater on Fordham Road 
t night launched a legitimate play 
icy with the opening of "Margin 
Error." Play is slated to run a 
ek and is to be followed by "Morn- 
: Star," "Pins and Needles," "See 
- Lawyer" and others. Prices are 
•iled to $1.10 top. New Windsor 
J.icy brings flesh to its stage for 
I first time in nine years. 


Rochester — Evely Sabin, Rochest- 
and Leopold D. Mannes, pianist 
I co-inventor of Kodachrome, will 
married in New York today. 

Swastikas Painted on Theater Foyer Floor 

as Exploitation Stunt Is Misinterpreted 

Charlotte, N. C. — Misinterpretation of the meaning of swastikas painted on the 
floor of the foyer of the Carolina in Lumberton, advertising "The Mortal Storm," to 
open there that night, drew a belligerent crowd early in the morning. 

Manager Edwin Petteet, called from home by the Chief of Police at 7:30 A.M., 
explained that the picture is "admittedly anti-Hitler," and that the advertising was 
intended to suggest that anything bearing the swastika is to be trampled under foot 
in America. The swastika advertising was erased. 

Cont. News Coverage Washington Variety Club 

Said 100% Nazi Controlled Honors William Herbst 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tal Europe, who has returned to the 
U. S. 

Buddy said in New York yester- 
day that newsreel men covering the 
war in France had to flee for their 
lives when the German army entered 
Paris and took control of most of 
France. The last "pooled" reel by 
the various companies was com- 
pleted June 10 but was never printed 
as there was no time to have it de- 
veloped. Even if it were developed, 
Buddy said, there would be no place 
to show it at present. German-made 
newsreels are being shown as usual 
in Berlin, he asserted. 

With newsreel coverage in Eu- 
rope apparently washed up, Buddy 
is here awaiting a new assignment. 
He arrived by Clipper last Wednes- 
day after a perilous escape from 
Paris to Lisbon. 

Paramount Experimenting 
With "Tabloid" Re-issue 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Herbert Moulton and will run about 
45 minutes. 

Plan is to distribute the picture 
as the shorter half of double bills. 
If experiment proves to be success- 
ful, other Paramount successes of the 
past will be cut down. The tabloids 
will be spot booked. 

Eastman Kodak French 
Plant Reported Intact 

Rochester — According to meager 
information trickling through from 
France, Eastman Kodak Co. has 
learned that the factory of Kodak- 
Pathe Societe Anonyme Francais, 
Kodak's French affiliate, is intact at 
Vincennes, France. The plant was 
closed and most of the personnel 
evacuated to Bordeaux when the 
Nazis invaded Paris. 

Opposition Hotter in Chi. 

Chicago — Tempo of opposition here 
is increasing. Negro cast of 85 is 
presenting "Chimes of Normandy" 
for an extended run at the Coliseum; 
Al Jolson opened for four weeks in 
"Hold On to Your Hats" at the 
Grand last night; Ringling Bros.- 
Barnum & Bailey circus moves in 

Bathing Beauty Picked 

Grand finals in the Ziegfeld Girl 
1940 Bathing Beauty contest were 
staged at Loew's State theater last 
night, with 40 competing. Judges 
were Billy Rose, Eddie Dowling and 
Al Altman, Metro talent scout. 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Washington 
Variety Club at a testimonial lun- 
cheon last week paid tribute to Wil- 
liam P. Herbst, for 30 years a Wash- 
ington showman and now owner of 
the Circle Amusement Co., operating 
the Circle Theater. The luncheon 
was in honor of his 72nd birthday. 
He was presented with a scroll by 
the Variety Club. Among those at- 
tending the function were A. Julian 
Brylawski, President of MPTO of 
the District of Columbia; Carter 
Barron of Loew's; John J. Payette, 
zone manager of Warners; Rudolph 
Berger of M-G-M; Sam Galanty of 
Columbia and Eddie Fontaine of 

"3 Faces West" to Criterion 

New York premiere of "Three 
Faces West," Republic top budget 
film starring John Wayne, Sigrid 
Gurie and Charles Coburn, will be 
at Loew's Criterion. Date has not 
been set. 

Blame Tax for Drop 
In Ohio's Grosses 

(Continued from Page 1) 

house to 28 cents has shown a drop 
in biz of approximately 15 per cent 
in some instances, it is reported, 
with a proportionate increase at the 
nearest competitive 15 cent house. 

At least one leading subsequent- 
run operated by an important indie 
circuit has cut prices to 20 cents 
except for the week-end when the 
old 25 cent top is maintained. Many 
other exhibs. are becoming convinc- 
ed that business cannot stand the 
five cent advance generally at- 

The difference in weekly gross be- 
tween the former established price 
and the new price with the added tax 
is the difference between operating 
just over the black line and operat- 
ing just over the red line, it is 

Cincinnati — Many nabe houses and 
theaters in smaller towns are re- 
ducing their prices to 19c to offset 
decreased business caused by the 
new tax, according to reports to ex- 
changes here. A good per cent of 
theaters are absorbing the tax. 

Huntington, Tenn. — Bud Hanniza, 
manager of the Court Theater, has 
dropped adult admission from 25 to 
20 cents to avoid the Federal tax. 


What they are— 
Who has them— 
How good they are— 

All oJsjQut them in 
* % DAILY 

Short Subject Issue 

JULY 31) 


Tuesday, July 16, 19 

U. S. Sees Progress 
In Consent Talks 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

Goddard is to start a two months' 
vacation and the Government will 
have to decide whether to ask for a 
long adjournment until he returns or 
to insist upon a further short post- 
ponement, with Judge Gcddard re- 
maining here for developments. 

In view of the Aug. 1 ultimatum 
reportedly handed to the majors by 
Assistant Attorney General Thur- 
man W. Arnold, a long adjournment 
would indicate satisfactory progress, 
while a short postponement might in- 
dicate merely an extension of the 
reported deadline. 

The Court, after granting the ad- 
journment, conferred privately with 
Doyle, who, it is understood, de- 
tailed the possibilities of settlement 
in view of the new situation. 

Attorneys for the major com- 
panies conferred yesterday at the 
Bar Association building without the 
presence of D of J lawyers. Confer- 
ences with Government counsel are 
to be resumed today. 

Three Features and Dish 
Premium for 15c in Chi. 

Chicago — Three features and an 
ovenware dish for 15 cents was 
served up here by the Rio theater 
on the Northwest Side. Bill included 
"It's a Date," "Johnny Apollo" and 
"King of the Lumberjacks." 

At the Drake, 15 cents got the 
customer "Rebecca," "House Across 
the Bay" and a free dish. 

Four houses are trying dime ad- 
missions — the Dale, Wabash, Plaza 
and Palace. 

Week-end checkup showed 10 
houses using triples, 33 advertising 
premiums. Schoenstadt circuit is 
giving dishes at the Regent, Boule- 
vard and Brighton, cutlery at the 
Halfield, Midwest and Atlantic. 

Court Blocks Muliero's 
Use of Patricola, Jr. 

Canio Muliero, who has been danc- 
ing in night clubs under the name 
Tom Patricola, Jr., was ordered to 
stop using that name yesterday by 
Judge Felix Benga. Judge Benga's 
action was under Section 964 of the 
Penal Law, a new section which 
allows an injunction hearing within 
five days of filing a petition instead 
of the 20 days' wait under the sum- 
mons and complaint method. 

Petition was brought by David 
Garrison Berger in behalf of Tom 



Wolfeboro, N. H- 

-At Ansel Sanborn's 


houses, Memorial 

Hall in Wolfeboro, 


Pineland Hall 

in Center Ossipee, 


double bill was 

'Andy Hardy M 

:ets Debutante" 

'Dr. Christian Meets the Women" 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

COL C. SIEGEL. Producer. Born, March 30, 1903 in New York City. Educated 
*^ in New York City public schools, attended the Columbia School of Journalism, 
from which he went to the New York Tribune. Was a reporter for T/2 years. 
Traveled throughout the United States as salesman for an important house for 
four years. Sold all types of objects. Went into the real estate business in 
Jersey City. Remained in this field for five years, operating own business. 
Then went to work for the American Record Corp. in 1931 as special salesman. 
Met Herbert J. Yates there. Left to go to Mascot Pictures as executive 
assistant to the president. Has been in the picture 
business ever since. During the early phases of his 
career with Republic he specialized in money- 
making serials, such as "Dick Tracy," "The Lone 
Ranger," etc. Built up the first Gene Autry pictures 
to their present popularity and was responsible 
for the Three Mesquiteers series. Produced first 
Roy Rogers hit, "Under Western Stars." While with 
American Record he handled the Gene Autry 
records, and was the first to realize Autry's poten- 
tial popularity with the masses. In more recent 
years has produced all of the highest budget pic- 
tures made at Republic, including "Man of Con- 
quest," "The Dark Command," "Women In War" 
and "Three Faces West." Height 6 feet. Weight, 
195 pounds. Hair, light brown. Eyes, blue. 

Karol Talks "Mohammed' 
Rights Deal With Majors 

Negotiations are being carried on 
by William Karol, European produc- 
er, with several majors for rights to 
the novel, "Mohammed," which Karol 
owns, it was learned yesterday. Pro- 
ducer is seeking a berth as a co- 
prcducer on the picture if he can 
make a deal, with the alternative 
that he might raise the finances for 
production of the story himself. He 
leaves for the Coast in about three 

Republic Signs Two 

For "3 Mesquiteers" Series 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Republic has signed 
Rufe Davis and Bob Steele to long- 
term contracts to replace Raymond 
Hatton and Duncan Renaldo in 
"Three Mesquiteers" series with Bob 
Livingston. Hatton's contract was 
not renewed. Renaldo remains under 

"Indiana" for 20th Century-Fox 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Twentieth Century- 
Fox will make "Indiana" with Henry 
King directing with the same cast 
as appeared in "Maryland." Pic- 
ture was formerly titled "Down on 
the Wabash." 

Bioff Hearing on Saturday 

Chicago — Hearing on the William 
Bioff habeas corpus application was 
postponed to Saturday here yester- 
day, Federal Judge William Holly 
directing the IATSE leader's counsel 
to file new briefs by that time. 

Bob Hope's Next 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Bob Hope's next Para- 
mount picture will be "Nothing But 
the Truth," from James Montgom- 
ery's old Broadway play. Frederick 
Hazlitt Brennan is adapting and 
Arthur Hornblow, Jr., will produce. 

Irene Dunne, Cary Grant 
For "Penny Serenade" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Cary Grant and Irene 
Dunne last seen together under Co- 
lumbia's banner in "The Awful 
Truth," will be the starring team 
in "Penny Serenade," the Martha 
Cheavens serial now appearing in 
McCall's magazine. This will be 
George Stevens' first picture under 
his recently signed Columbia pro- 
ducer-director contract. Morrie Rys- 
kind is now at work on the screen 

Donald Calthrop Dead 

London (By Cable) — Donald Cal- 
throp, 52, character actor, is dead. 
He appeared in several British films. 

"U" Borrows Joan Fontaine 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Universal has bor- 
rowed Joan Fontaine from David O. 
Selznick for the lead in a new ver- 
sion of Fannie Hurst's "Back Street." 
Robert Stevenson will direct. 

Starts "Cyrano" in Week 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Alexander Korda ex- 
pects to begin work on "Cyrano de 
Bergerac" with the arrival here next 
week of Vivien Leigh and Laurence 
Olivier. Filming starts in mid-Aug- 
ust. Ben Hecht adapted the story. 

Sam Myers Dead on Coast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Sam Myers, 66, vet- 
eran theater man and at one time 
studio business manager, is dead. 

Powers, Halifax Critic, Dead 

Halifax, N. S. — James W. Power, 
76, critic for two local dailies for 50 
years until his semi-retirement, is 

"Baker's Wife" Breaks Record 

"The Baker's Wife" starts its 22nd 
week at the World theater today, 
breaking "Harvest's" record. 





^^AMERAMEN are among Hollywoo 
^** leading baseball enthusiasts. Re^-' 
attendants at Gilmore field include Pevl : 
Marley, Len Smith, Milton Krasner 3 
Daniel B. Clark. 

• • 
r PEAKING of baseball, Bob Hope v 
** narrate a play-by-play account of 1 
annual game between the Comedians a 
Leading Men at Wrigley Field Aug. 8. 

• • 
THROUGH a confusion in names, in c 

* or two publications, Cole Porter vi 
credited with writing "The Little Red Fc ' 
for the picture, "That's Right, You -j 
Wrong." The credit rightfully belongs 
Lew Porter. 

• • 

^^UR Passing Show: Harry Sherman - 
^•^ Charles F. Reiser, former residents 
Minneapolis, reminiscing over old times 
the Gopher state; Lewis Milestone, Geoi 
Haight and Max Gordon chatting at RK 
Margaret Sullavan, Leland Hayward, Bui 
Berkeley, George Stevens, Howard J. Gre 
Phil Berg, Sidney Lanfield, Lew Polio 
watching the Hollywood stars in action. 

• • 
HOWLAND V. LEE, who directed "1 
"^ Count Of Monte Cristo," for Edw, 
Small, is busy with the direction of "1 
Son Of Monte Cristo." 

• • 
DERT ROACH, Pedro de Cordoba 
*"^ Jeanne Kelly have been added to I, 
cast of "Gypsy Cavalier," which will 
made by International Pictures, Inc., 
release as a Monogram special. The p 
ture will be made in English and Spani 
with Gilbert Roland as the star. It will 
in Cinecolor. 

• • 
kyjORE Passing Show: Charles R. Rogs. 
'"' Jeanette MacDonald, Gene Raymo 
Sam Bischoff, Edward Ludwig, Rex G 
Harry Wurtzel, Rufus LeMaire, Milton Ft 
Ken Goldsmith at the preview of "The B ; 
From Syracuse." 

VA/ILLIAM SEITER, currently direct 
™" Universal's "Hired Wife," is takin; 
terrific ribbing from his feminine co-sti 
Virginia Bruce and Rosalind Russell, v 
have just learned that Seiter, for seve 
weeks prior to production, attended a lo 
night cooking school for technical inforn 

• • 

A NDREW L. STONE has virtually c 
** nered the youthful musical prod 
market for "There's Magic In Music," wh 
he is producing and directing for Pa 
mount. He has signed Ruth Kizziar, 7, ; 
Dolly Loehr, 13, as pianists, and Hei 
Haitto, 15, Patricia Travers, 12, and I 
Conner, 14, as violinists. 

• • 
/^EORGE MURPHY is entertaining at 
^^ ranch near Escondido, Alfredo Samp 
del Contrevos, Colombian banana plan 
tion king for whom the actor once worl 
as a timekeeper on one of the South Am 
ican's larger plantations near Santa Mai 


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-presents 25% of 398 Fea- 
■j res Announced; Produc- 
■yn by Indies is Slower 


J st Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
^Hollywood — With the start of the 
10-41 releasing season still a mat- 
• of weeks away major studios 

J ve either completed or are actual- 
shooting, 25 per cent of the 398 
;tures announced, it is revealed in 
survey by The Film Daily. Com- 
bed features total 60, while 41 
i now before the cameras. The 

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»0 of Majors' 1940-41 Pix Finished; 41 Shooting 

irliman to Make 
our at Colonnade 

iami — Colonnade Studios has 
•sed its first feature production 
ntract with George Hirliman, who 
ans to make a series of four. First, 
.dolescence," original by Lawrence 
i =ade, will go into work immediate- 
Cast will be topped by Eleanor 
ant and Leon Janney, it is said. 
>uis Gasnier will direct. 
Hirliman will follow "Adolescence" 
th Edison Marshall's Cosmopolitan 

Magazine story, "The Tigress and 

' <e Lady." 

ashville Theater Offers 
ponsored News in Lobby 

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Nashville, Tenn. — A transradio 
2ws teletype has been installed in 
e lobby of the Paramount here. 
s the first in a theater in the 
ifimth. A local milk company is 
onsoring. Station WSIX delivers 
news broadcast daily at noon from 
e Paramount lobby. Charles Amos 
manager of the Paramount. 

Theater Passes as 
Milh Bar's Giveaway 

Toledo, 0.— The Tick-Totk Milk Bar 
is offering free admission tickets to the 
Pantheon Theater, good anytime except 
Sunday, with the purchase of a dinner 
at 58 cents, or of a sandwich and bev- 
erage for 29 cents. 

If You Want 16 MM. Pix Okayed by Chicayo 

Censors, Please Briny Your Own Projectors 

Chicago — Local police censor has ruled that all 16 mm. films exhibited commercially 
here must be submitted for examination. Because the censor's office is without 16 
mm. projectors, distribs. and exhibs. must bring their equipment for the screenings. 

Allied Survey Com. 
To Meet in Pttilly 

Allied's product survey committee 
is slated to meet in Philadelphia on 
July 24 to lay plans for putting 
into operation the national product 
information bureau. Each unit is 
expected to send a representative. 

An information bureau on product 
deals in various parts of the coun- 
try was proposed and approved at the 
recent national Allied convention in 
Chicago. Eastern units have been 
conducting similar surveys for sev- 
eral years, but the project now is to 
be launched on a national basis. 

Purpose of the survey is to com- 
pare deals in comparative situations 
so that an exhibitor can tell whether 

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GWTW with Spanish Titles 
Ready for S. A. in August 

Task of adding superimposed 
Spanish titles to "Gone With the 
Wind" will be completed in two 
weeks, whereupon the picture will 
be ready for distribution in South 
America. Book had a wide sale in 
Spanish-speaking countries. 

No Metro Quality 
Cuts, Says Died 

M-G-M contemplates no reduction 
in the quality of product despite the 
situation abroad, Howard Dietz, di- 
rector of publicity and advertising, 
said yesterday upon his arrival in 
New York after a five-week stay 
at the studios. In fact, Dietz added, 
M-G-M has more big money pic- 
tures in work at the present time 
than it had for several years. 

This has been the best summer 
the company has ever had, Dietz 
said. He pointed to "Andy Hardy 
Meets Debutante" as an example, 
the picture having topped all other 
Hardy family features. Another 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Loew Movie Guide in J-A; 
PM to List 200 Programs 

Loew's New York circuit today 
launches its $300,000 experiment in 
expanded newspaper advertising 
with first of the new Loew's Movie 
Guides appearing in the Journal- 
American. Other N. Y. newspapers 
may shortly be added. 

Jack Smith, amusement adv. man- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Settlement Snags Ironed Out 

Arbitration, Block -Booking Clauses Shaping 

Postponement Expected 
In Mid-West Suit 

Detroit — The industry-important 
trial of Midwest Theaters vs. Co- 
operative Theaters of Michigan, 
alleging "conspiracy" among other 
charges, which was set for trial to- 
morrow will probably be postponed. 
The case is likely to run for a month 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Fate of the proposed consent de- 
cree to end the Government's equity 
suit will be determined this week- 
end, it was indicated yesterday as 
conferences between counsel for the 
majors and D of J men resumed, 
with representatives of the "Little 
Three" conspicuously absent. 

Sources close to the conferees yes- 
terday reported that there was every 
reason to believe that some equit- 

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British Treasury Permits 
Use of Blocked Currency 
To Buy English Pix Rights 

London (By Cable) — The Treasury 
yesterday exempted films from pro- 
visions of the recent exchange con- 
trol order obliging manufacturers to 
obtain dollar currency for merchan- 
dise sold in America. The exemp- 
tion operates until Oct. 31 and per- 
mits the use of blocked currency 
for purchasing British film rights. 

Yesterday's ruling by the English 
Treasury exempting films from the 
recently enacted exchange control 
law ended a long behind-the-scenes 
controversy, according to sources 
here. The ruling is in line with the 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Circuits to Study 
Propaganda Pleas 

Two organizations, each with op- 
posite viewpoints on war, are seek- 
ing to place a propaganda reel in 
the nation's theaters. One, the Com- 
mittee to Defend America by Aiding 
the Allies, has a picture reportedly 
advancing the idea that the United 
States should enter the war against 

(Continued on Page 7) 

2 Airplanes to Fly Party 
To "Syracuse" Premiere 

Two American Airline flagships 
have been chartered to fly the dele- 
gation of Universal execs, and em- 
ployes, newspaper representatives 
and others to Syracuse tomorrow for 
the world premiere of Jules Levey's 

(Continued on Page 7) 

20th-Fox to Spend 

Million to Pluy 4 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Twentieth-Fox will place 
a million dollar ad campaign in back of 
"Maryland," "Brigham Young," "The Re- 
turn of Frank James" and "The Great 
Profile," according to Darryl F. Zanuck. 
Object is to strengthen the domestic 


Wednesday, July 17, 1940 

Vol. 78, No. 12 Wed., July 17, 1940 10 Cents 
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Warners Try First-Runs 
At the Strand, Albany 

Albany — Strand Theater, first-run 
Warner house operated by Andy 
Roy, has returned to single features, 
and is doing its best biz of the Sum- 
mer with "Maryland." "ATAHT" 
will follow. 

Play Scouts Must Catch 
12 New Shows Next Week 

Home office play scouts face the 
Summer season's major chore thus 
far next week when at least 12 new 
stage pieces are carded for strawhat 
tryout. Lineup includes: 

"Under the Roof," by Herbert B. 
Ehrmann, which is to be done at the 
Red Barn Theater, Westboro, Mass. 

"A Man's House," a John Drink- 
water play which has not been done 
commercially in this country, will 
open at the Chapel Theater, Great 
Neck, L. I. 

"The Frog," or Ian Hay's drama- 
tization of the Edgar Wallace novel, 
"The Fellowship of the Frog," will 
be done by the Roadside Theater, 
Washington, D. C. 

"The Hard Way," Allen Boretz's 
new farce, will open at the Lake- 
wood Theater, Skowhegan, Me. 

"They Say," by Helen Leeds Tor- 
rence, is to be the bill at the Cob- 
web Theater, Yardley, Pa. 

"Lee of Virginia," historical play 
by Edward Boykin, will be tried out 
by the Barter Theater at Abing- 
don, Va. 

"The Walrus and the Carpenter," 
Noel Langley's play seen earlier in 
the year on the Coast, will be of- 
fered by the Farragut Players, Rye 
Beach, N. H., with Florence Reed 
in the cast. 

"Lot's Wife," a comedy by Peter 
Blackmore, will open at the Com- 
munity Playhouse, Spring Lake, 
N. J., with Nancy Carroll and A. P. 
Kaye in the company. 

"It's a Crime," by John Y. Kohl, 
will be the bill at the Green -Hills 
Playhouse, Reading, Pa. 

"Deny the Heart," by John Simon 
Rodell, will open at the Parrish 
Memorial Hall, Southampton, L.I. 

"Now You Take a Fellow," a com- 
edy by Edward Hunt, will be at the 
Pikesville, Md., Summer Theater. 

Sound Range Restriction 
Issue in New Haven Suit 

New Haven — Whether Maria 
Adorno will be permitted to operate 
a 900-seat open-air theater without 
sound range restrictions is being de- 
cided by Judge P. B. O'Sullivan of 
the Superior Court here, after the 
matter was appealed to the higher 
court from a recent decision of the 
State Police Commissioner which im- 
posed a 250-ft. radius of sound limi- 
tation. The venture was built and 
equipped last Summer but has never 
obtained permit to operate. 

Madras Bars M of T's 
"Inside Nazi Germany" 

Madras, India (By Mail) — British 
District Magistrate of Nellore has 
banned exhibition in the Madras 
Presidency, under the Indian Cine- 
matograph Act, of showing of 
March of Time's "Inside Nazi Ger- 

20-Fox Renews Jane Withers Pact 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Twentieth Century- 
Fox has renewed Jane Withers' con- 
tract for another year. 

Olsen & Johnson to Make 
Pix When N. Y. Run Ends 

Olsen & Johnson are planning to 
make a picture under the title of 
"Hellzapoppin" within the next 18 
months and parleys have been held 
with most of the major companies. 
While no deals have been set, Uni- 
versal looms as the most likely pro- 

It is reported that nearly every 
major is anxious to obtain Olsen & 
Johnson and the title. Indications 
are that the comedians' current 
Broadway musical will run at least 
a year and a half longer, after 
which they are expected to turn 
their attention to a picture. 

Olsen has acquired building sites 
in both Malverne, his home, and 
Mineola and may build a film the- 
ater on either one as an investment 
proposition. He does not plan, how- 
ever, to turn exhib. himself. 

Sees French Industry 
Resuming Shortly 

French production, which halted 
with the entrance of the Germans 
into Paris, probably will be resumed 
shortly, it was predicted yesterday 
by Julian Duvivier, noted French 
producer. However, he could not say 
as to how the industry in France 
would be controlled or the type of 
pictures that would be made. A 
number of pictures were in work 
when the advance on Paris started, 
Duvivier said. 

Duvivier has signed to produce 
two pictures in Hollywood for Trans- 
continental Films, headed by Paul 
Graetz. The pictures will be re- 
leased through major companies, it 
was said. Duvivier arrived here 
Monday from Europe. 

Buenos Aires Lifts Ban 
On Nazi Propaganda Film 

Buenos Aires (By Air Mail)— 
Presumably in response to Nazi 
pressure, the city administration has 
lifted the ban on the German propa- 
ganda film, "The West Wall." Ex- 
hibition was halted some weeks ago 
when presentation of the film caused 
a riot in the Renacimiento theater. 

Korda Account to Buchanan 

Buchanan Co., advertising agency, 
has been awarded the contract for 
handling Alexander Korda's mag- 
azine and newspaper advertising. 
Agency's campaign for "The Thief 
of Bagdad" was approved by Korda 
prior to his return to the Coast. 
Korda account formerly was handled 
by Donahue & Coe. 

Shea's Opens Niagara, 
First of 3 New Nabes 

Buffalo — Shea's Niagara, 1,000- 
seat lower West Side theater, is open, 
latest addition to Buffalo Theaters, 
Inc., community circuit. It is the 
first of three nabes projected by the 
corporation. The others, still in 
blueprints, are to be known as Shea's 
Amherst and Shea's Fillmore. 

COminG and GOIftG 

WALTER WANGER arrives here today fror, 
the Coast on the TWA Stratoliner for conference 
with UA execs. 

A. A. SCHUBART, manager of exchange opera 
tions for RKO, left New York yesterday fo ' 
a swing through the Midwest and South. 

LOU BROCK, RKO producer, will prolong hi 
New York stay another 10 days. 

next week. 

HALE arrives here from 


BRIAN DONLEVY and his wife are at th 

LILI DAMITA is in New York before appear) 
ing in Summer stock. 

VINCENT PRICE arrived on the Coast tl 
week from Skowhegan. 

co-authors of the Ellery Queen stories, arrived i I 
Hollywood this week to start work on a screen j 

ROY DISNEY is here from the Coast. 

AL SHERMAN of Columbia has returned froij 
a vacation at Shandelee. 

LAWRENCE C. CAPLAN, Allied Theater Owi 
ers of Connecticut executive secretary, and Mi 
CAPLAN are spenling a week at Indian He 
Profile Lake, N. H. 

MARIE CLEMENTI, Paramount Theater cash 
ier, New Haven, is leaving for Kentucky o 


Weston Demurrer Echoes 
That of John P. Nick 

St. Louis — Demurrer to the indict 
ment against Clyde A. Weston, foi 
mer business manager of Local 141 
Operators, filed in the Federal Coui 
here is similar to that previous! 
filed on behalf of John P. Nick, foi 
mer IATSE vice-prexy. 

The men are accused of violatin 
the Federal Anti-Racketeering Ac 
and the Sherman Anti-Trust Ac 
The demurrer alleged the Ant 
Racketeering Act is unconstitution; 
and that there is no cause of actio * 
against the defendant. A motion t 
strike several portions of the indie' 
ment was also filed. 

"Sea Hawk" on Aug. 24 

Warners will release "The Se 
Hawk" on Aug. 24. Company : 
mailing out a complete set of a( 
vance material this week. 

Stahl After Maurice Evans 

John Stahl is reported negotia 
ing with Maurice Evans to appea 
in the tentatively titled "The Fir; 
Woman Doctor." 

James Cagney 

Jack Conway 

Herschel Stuart 

John Carroll 

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No Metro Quality 
Cuts, Says Dietz 

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big box-office success is "New Moon," 
which, according to Dietz, is another 
reason why the studio believes good 
pictures will find an unprecedented 
response during the coming season. 

The company's release schedule 
and production program for the per- 
iod between now and Christmas will 
be completed within the next week. 
Since the first of June, M-G-M has 
released one picture a week and in- 
dications are that this policy will 

Dietz was especially enthusiastic 
over "Boom Town," "Pride and 
Prejudice," "I Love You Again," 
"Strike Up the Band," "Escape" and 
"Bittersweet." Exhibition policy of 
"Boom Town" may be announced 

Closing Notice Extended 
By 40 St. Louis Nabes 

St. Louis — Owners of some 40 nabe 
and suburban theaters have extended 
the two weeks' notice recently sent 
to the headquarters of Local 143, 

Twenty-five of the houses are in 
the Greater Independent Circuit of 
Fred Wehrenberg and Clarence Kai- 
mann. The notice will be extended 
from week to week on those houses 
not closed. 

A two-year wage contract with 
the union will expire at midnight on 
Aug. 31. The theater owners have 
asked for a 10 per cent reduction in 
wages during the Summer months, 
but the union officials have declined 
to advise acceptance of that cut un- 
less the owners are willing to enter 
into a new wage agreement at high- 
er levels than the contract now in 
effect. Negotiations are still in 

New Basil Buffalo Project 
Includes Theater, Alleys 

Buffalo — Wreckers are razing the 
Liberty Theater, former Albert 
Francis holding, and two adjoining 
apartment buildings, to provide a 
site for the latest Basil Brothers' 
community theater, in Buffalo's cen- 
tral East Side. Nicholas J. Basil, 
president of the circuit, said the new 
house, to seat 1,000, will cost $100,- 
000. Building will include stores, 
bowling alleys and apartments. 


Eddie Richardson, assistant mana- 
ger Loew's Orpheum Theater, Bos- 
ton, celebrated his vacation by get- 
ting married. He was a Home Office 

visitor yesterday. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Robert Paige, actor 
under contract to Para., and Eliza- 
beth Henning, studio secretary, were 
married here. 



• • • THERE are moments when we are moved to speculate 

as to whether or not the bright young men engaged in pub- 
licizing screen personalities are not overworking the phony 

organization stunt You know the sort of thing we mean 

Goldie Glitter, a presumably anxiously awaiting public, is advised 

has been singled out .by the Amalgamated Housewives of the 

United States and Canada as the Typical Stocking Darner 

or with much the same flourish a release informs that Rod- 
ney Profile has been designated by the Association of Mail 

Order Tailors as their Favorite Screen Fashion Plate 

T T T 

• • • TO be sure these stunts in themselves are 

perhaps harmless enough and are not taken seriously by 

those City Editors who pass them along with Art 

They do, however, mitigate against serious acceptance of 

the Real Thing when it occasionally comes along and, 

what is more, cause the intelligent newspaper reader to 

cynically dismiss honest industry co-operative effort. .. .with 
legitimate organizations as mere selfish space-grabbing 

T T T 

• • • OCCASIONALLY, too, there is the matter of good taste 

like the recent letter "to the Press" from a "Citizens' Committee" 

the letter being essentially another communication addressed 

to President Roosevelt who is urged to appoint a certain 

individual hailed as this industry's "present undisputed leader" 

to the War Resource Board Whether the gentleman in ques- 
tion could contribute through such service is not the point 

Phil M. will wager that he certainly never was approached 

to sanction the use of his name and ihat if he had been the 

communication to "the Hon. F. D. Roosevelt, President" would never 

have been dispatched if it actually was .... as the self-appointed 

"Citizens Committee" affirms On the very face of it it was a 

cheap publicity trick as cheap as the stationery upon which it was 

mimeographed and nothing could have been cheaper Inci- 
dentally, insofar as gleaning space in the New York dailies Is con- 
cerned it was a flat f Ioppo 

T T T 

• • • HERE'S at least a chuckle mebbe a bellylaugh 

Out in Frisco there have been several b.o. robberies o' late 

So when "Bucky" Williams, manager of the Newsreel Thea- 
ter noticed two men standing across the street for 

several days obviously watching his b.o he called the 

cops The police found that the watchers had been en- 
gaged by the opposition Telenews Theater to check Wil- 
liams' biz Williams grinned had a special four-foot key 

made and sent it in fancy wrappings to Ellis Levy of 

Telenews with a note reading "This is the key to my turn- 
stile You are welcome to use it at any time" 

T ▼ T 

• • • IT'S a smart studio that today builds for tomorrow A 

thought suggested by the, fact that Metro has again added to its 

table of junior writers The new group has a strong collegiate flavor 

for it includes David Sheppard and Edward C. K. Read 

hailing from Harvard Robert Minton, Princeton alumnus Wil- 
liam Stucky, from Yale and Jean Rouverol, of Stamford The 

latter, incidentally, is the daughter of Aurania Rouverol creator of 

the Hardy Family characters 

▼ T T 

9 A timely thought: How large would Henry Ford's 
business be today had he been content just to manufacture cars 
instead of both making and SELLING them? 

Allied Survey Com. 
To Meet in Philiy 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

he is paying film prices equal tc 
those in other spots. Exhibitors ' 
supplying information are not to be , 
required to reveal their identity 
Some industry observers are oM 
opinion that the plan is doomedyJa' 
failure because they do not believe 
authentic information can be ob- 

Merchant-Sponsored Pix 
In Northwestern Ohio 

Toledo 1 , O. — purvey of northwest- • 
ern Ohio and nearby communities has ; 
revealed that businessmen are again 
sponsoring free films in outdooi I 
spots. Towns and the nights of the 
shows are: 

Luckey, Saturday; Arcadia, Tues- 
day; Wayne, Wednesday; Burton i 
Saturday; Cynget, Tuesday; Berne ■. 
Ind., Saturday; and Temperance^ 
Mich., Wednesday; Edon, O., Wed- J 

Ohio County Fair May 
Be Held In Theater 

Newark, O. — The Licking Countj 
Fair will probably be held in the 
Midland Theater here from Aug. 12- 
17, announced George W. Kreitler 
county agricultural agent. 

Charter Outdoor Ad Firm 

Albany — Cross-Roads Outdoor Ad- 
vertising Co., Inc., has been charterec 
with authorized capital stock oJ 
$20,000. Subscribers are Abraham 
Lipton and Murry W. Katz, 11 W 
42nd St., and Hilda Scheffer, 203 W 
64th St., New York. 

"Mill on Floss" Set Up-State 

World Pictures has booked "Mil 
on the Floss" into Warner, RKO 
Fabian and Netco theaters in up- 
state New York. 

Battiston Hurt in Crash 

Pittsburgh — Andrew Battiston 
who operates the Manor Theater I 
Manor, is in the Magee Hospital suf 
fering from a brain concussion as 
the result of an accident when £ ; 
motorcycle collided with his auto. ' 

Mrs. Frieda Fineberg 111 

Ptitsburgh — Mrs. Frieda Fineberg 
wife of Sam Fineberg, part operatoi 
of the Republic franchise here, ii 
confined to her home as the resull 
of an illness. 

For Sick B* ©.? 

Milwaukee, Wis. — Latest giveaway is 
a family medical library consisting of 
21 volumes, which is being offered by 
various Wisconsin theaters including the 
Gateway in Kenosha and the Strand in 


•dnesday, July 17, 1940 


tempi Films From 
K. Exchange Order 

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hns of the original exchange 


Controversy arose when the Eng- 

» Government suggested that all 
P»r currency from the exhibition 
P*ritish-made pictures, or sale or 
-.i.ibition of story rights or plays, 
returnable to the U. K. in direct 
iance with terms of the original 

itish Sales Tax Proposal 
Us Under Labor Attack 

.ondon (By Cable) — Labor party 
position apparently has killed the 

irchill government's plan for a 

ional sales or purchase levy, to be 

ed on virtually every article but 


wo alternatives are being brought 
■ward. One provides for com- 

■■sory deductions from wages in 
guise of national savings. The 
r contemplates a luxury levy 

t would fall heaviest on the up- 



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J more in court and postponement 
probable to prevent clogging of 
court calendar. 

1 1 

•stponement Expected 
Mid-West Suit 

w Publicity Partnership 

«st Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
lollywood — Milton Harris, form- 
y of Cleveland, and Howard Gould, 
; merly of Denver, have formed 
rris and Gould. Publicity Asso- 
es, with headquarters in the Taft 
lding, Hollywood Blvd., to handle 
i publicity. 

423.30 for Charity 

irhe party given by C. C. Mos- 
vitz at Loew's Canal Theater in 
.nection with the world premiere 
Eddie Cantor's "Forty Little 
ithers" raised $1,23.30 for charity. 

; l for Commercial Biz 

"hicago — The Chicago Operators 
ion has made a special rate for 
mm. commercial film shows of 
50 for a showing of not more 
n two hours, in order to stipu- 
a the use of union operators for 
s type of wrk. 

ired Wife" for 1940-41 

Jniversal has taken "Hired Wife" 
the current release schedule, re- 
.cing it with "When the Daltons 
de" which will go out July 26. 

D-Seater for Chi. Loop 

Chicago — Thompson estate will 
Id a 400-seater at Dearborn and 
dison Sts., the Loop. House may 
opt a newsreel policy. 

Dallas \ it) lit Club Substitutes Band Shorts 

for Floor Shows, Invites Patrons to Dance 

Dallas — "The Nite Spot" an upstairs nitery in the downtown district is substituting 
movies for floor shows during the Summer. There will be three shows nightly of about 
45 minutes each; programs composed of shorts will feature top flight orchestras, playing 
music to which the customers may dance. Changes in the program will be made four 
times weekly. 

Settlement Snags 
Said Ironed Out 

(Continued from Page 1) 

able proposal will be reached by 
which the five majors now interested 
in a decree can achieve a settle- 
ment. However, it was learned 
that an escape clause again was 
among the subjects canvassed yes- 
terday, and it is not likely any de- 
cree will be accepted unless some 
such clause is provided. 

Further strengthening reports 
that some agreement is imminent, it 
was learned yesterday that the dif- 
ferences over the block-booking 
clause have been ironed out, and that 
the varying opinions on runs and dis- 
crimination were being thoroughly 

It was also reported yesterday 
that several snags in the arbitration 
machinery have been eliminated, 
with arbitration boards not to _ set 
down any schedules on discrimina- 
tion and runs, but only to function 
in these two matters whe an actual 
complaint is submitted. 

Latest information also indicates 
that the majors favoring the decree 
will sell pictures in blocks of five, 
if and when a settlement is effec- 

Szewczyk Buys Opposition 

Boswell, Pa. — Charles Szewczyk, 
who operates the Mary Lee Theater 
here, has just purchased the opposi- 
tion house, the Vernon Theater, from 
V. F. Scott, head of the Scott Cir- 

To Build In Coudersport 

Coudersport, Pa. — J. A. Angros, 
who formerly operated theaters in 
Leechburg and Slickville, has com- 
pleted plans for the construction of 
a 500-seat house in Coudersport. It 
is to be completed by September. 

Burned In Booth Blaze 

Asburv Park, N. J. — Fire destroyed 
about 1,200 feet of film at the Lyric 
and Grover Vaughn, an operator, 
was burned on the hands. 

"Mile. Ma Mere" Nixed In Ohio 

Columbus — Ohio Censor Board 
turned down in toto "Mademoiselle 
Ma Mere" scheduled to open at the 
Penn Square Theater. 

Two Auto Theaters Opening 

Uniontown, O. — The Bluebird Auto 
Theater, this city, has opened. Star- 
light Auto Theater located near 
Akron's airport and erected by 
Messrs. Blake and Snook is sched- 
uled to open in about 10 days. 

Circuits to Study 
Propaganda Pleas 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Germany immediately. The other, 
the Women's International League 
for Peace and Freedom, advocates 
a contrary theory. 

Both groups believe their reels 
should be shown in theaters. A 
committee representing the five ma- 
jor circuits will meet this week to 
study both propositions. 

2 Airplanes to Fly Party 
To "Syracuse" Premiere 

(Continued from Page 1) 

first porduction for Universal, "The 
Boys from Syracuse." 

The air cavalcade will leave La- 
Guardia Field at 11 a.m., arriving 
at Syracuse shortly after noon. The 
visitors will participate in a parade 
from the Syracuse airport to the 
city and will be the guests at a ban- 
quet to be tendered by Mayor Ro- 
land Marvin. The party will return 
by plane on Friday. 

The Hollywood delegation is head- 
ed by Joe Penner and Eric Blore 
(both of whom are in the picture), 
Constance Moore, Peggy Moran and 
Franciska Gaal. Broadway will be 
represented by Richard Rodgers, 
Lorenz Hart, Graham McNamee, 
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and many 
others. Among the Universal Pic- 
tures' executives making the trip 
are: J. Cheever Cowdin, Matty Fox, 
J. H. Seidelman, William Scully, 
Frank McCarthy, Peyton Gibson, 
Charles D. Prutzman, S. Machno- 
vitch, Jules Lapidus, Louis Pollock 
and Jules Levey, president of May- 
fair Productions. Newspapermen go- 
ing along include: Frank Farrell, 
G. E. Blackford, Patricia Krell, Sam 
Shain, Maurice Kann, Irving Hoff- 
man, Chester Bahn, James Cunning- 
ham, Lionel Toll, K. W. Herman 
and Moe Wax. Others to be in the 
party are: Ed Sherman, John O'Con- 
nor, I. Rappaport, Fred Meyers, 
Leon Goldberg, Malcolm Kinsberg, 
Ruth Morrow and Edwin C. Stein. 

Graham McNamee will serve as 
master of ceremonies for the Coast- 
to-Coast radio broadcast of the pre- 

Deals for "Shark Woman" 

World Pictures has set "Shark Wo- 
man" with Warners in Philly and 
Comerford in Scranton. 

First Hughes Pbc Chosen 

First pix which Howard Hughes 
will produce for 20th-Fox distribu- 
tion will be "The Great American 
Family," Leo McCarey directing. 


"West Of Abilene" 

with Charles Starrett, Marjorie Cooley, 

Don Beddoe 

Columbia 58 Mins, 


Containing plenty of action, a few good 
musical interludes and attractive outdoor 
backgrounds, this new Charles Starrett re- 
lease should please the Starrett and action 
fans. There is a full complement of shoot- 
ing, riding, villainy and hand-to-hand maul- 
ing. The pace is fast and the cast is more 
than adequate in handling assignments. 
Starrett has a new leading lady in the per- 
son of Marjorie Cooley, who is attractive 
and able. William Pawley and Don Beddoe 
are head villains of the piece. 

Starrett and his brother, Bruce Bennett, 
and George Cleveland and his daughter, 
Miss Cooley, are among the settlers around 
a new town that are up in arms over a 
plot by Beddoe to jack up the cost of the 
land grants because of his control over the 
available water. Beddoe hires a gun- 
slinger to back his play, and murder, theft 
and rough action follow quickly. 

Bennett is accused of murder, but Star- 
rett and his friends finally get the situa- 
tion in hand after a good wind up free- 
for-all gun fight with the U. S. Cavalry 
thrown in for good measure on the side 
of the settlers. 

CAST: Charles Starrett, Bruce Bennett, 
Marjorie Cooley, William Pawley, Don Bed- 
doe, George Cleveland, Forrest Taylor, W. 
A. Kellogg, Bob Nolan, Francis Walker, 
Eddie Laughton, Vestor Pegg, Bud Osborne, 
The Sons of the Pioneers. 

CREDITS: Produced by Columbia; Direc- 
tor, Ralph Ceder; Original Screenplay, Paul 
Franklin; Cameraman, George Meehan; Ed- 
itor, Charles Nelson. 


DuMont Reinstates Rental 
Plan as Production Rises 

As a result of increased produc- 
tion of television sets, Allen B. Du- 
Mont Laboratories, Inc., yesterday 
re-instated its rental plan. New 
lease provides these terms: 

Four -month term at $50 for the 
first month, and $35 monthly there- 
after, plus $3 monthly handling 

The renting broker is to receive a 
20 per cent commission on collec- 
tions, and may purchase the lease 
any time before expiration date. 
Transfer of title to receiver is ef- 
fected by billing the rental broker 
(dealer) at the net price, less net 
amount of all rentals. 

Goldberg Names Skirball 

Cincinnati — Lee Goldberg, PDC, 
announces Ezra Skirball as the new 
sales manager for the local branch. 

Free Admish for Democrats 

Chicago — Jones, Linick & Schae- 
fer Circuit is extending Democratic 
convention delegates free admission 
to its Loop theaters. 


Wednesday, July 17, iJ 

60 of Majors' 1940-41 
Pix Ready; 41 Filming 

(Continued from Page 1) 

60 completed features equal 15 per 
cent of planned programs. 

If leading indie product is included 
in the survey, the percentage drops 
a little to 22. Of the 108 pictures 
announced by Monogram and Repub- 
lic, four have been completed and 
five are shooting. 

Both regular features and west- 
erns were included in the survey, 
studio results of which follow: 

Columbia (60 features announced) 
— eight completed, including the 
Frank Lloyd-Jack Skirball produc- 
tion, "The Howards of Virginia"; 
five shooting. 

M-G-M (52 announced) — one com- 
pleted; seven shooting. 

Paramount (50 announced) — 12 
completed, including Harry Sher- 
man's "Cherokee Strip"; six shoot- 

RKO Radio (53 announced)— 12 
completed; four, including Towne 
and Baker's "Little Men," shooting. 

Twentieth-Fox (48 announced) 
— six completed, five shooting. Com- 
pany also has four British features 
ready for 1940-41 release. 

United Artists (22 announced) — 
three, Korda's "The Thief of Bag- 
dad," Wanger's "Foreign Correspon- 
dent" and John Ford's "The Long 
Voyage Home," completed; one, Hal 
Roach's "Road Show" shooting. 

Universal (59 announced) — 10 
completed; eight in production. 

Warner Bros. (50 announced) — 
Six completed; five in production, 
including the Capra-Riskin "Meet 
John Doe"; "The Letter" and "Flow- 
ing Gold" are scheduled to finish 
this week. 

Monogram (50 announced) — four, 
"Devil's Rancho," "The Ape," 
"Queen of the Yukon," and "That 
Gang of Mine," in production. 

Republic (58 announced) — Four 
completed; "Colorado" in produc- 

Wis. Cities Chase Carnivals 

Milwaukee — Public sentiment 
against carnivals has crystalized in- 
to action with the Menasha and 
Kenosha city councils passing meas- 
ures to regulate them. 

"Frank James" Bow in K. C. 

Kansas City, Mo. — Twentieth-Fox 
will stage the world premiere of "The 
Return of Frank James" here. Dar- 
ryl F. Zanuck and others will come 
on for the opening. 

Sports Coliseum for Deutsch 

Cleveland — Richard Deutsch, head 
of the Dick Deutsch Printing Co., 
has broken ground at Cedar Ave. and 
E. 107th St., for a sports coliseum. 

Schine Parley In Rochester 

Rochester — Managers of Rochester 
and Buffalo Schine theaters will meet 
for a regional conference here the 
latter part of this menth. 

Loew Movie Guide in J-A; 
PM to List 200 Programs 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ager, and Bob Levitt, promotion 
manager of the Journal-American 
have stai-ted an extensive promo- 
tional campaign plugging the new 
departure. It includes reader space 
on the movie pages, display space, 
truck-board posters and a cash-prize 

Idea that movie program listings 
are important reader-interest copy 
seems to have hit several met. pa- 
pers suddenly. PM Monday will 
start a page directory listing 200 
theaters daily. Information in- 
cludes the current show, starting 
times of shows after dinner, and 
the admission prices. There's no 
charge to theaters, PM accepting no 

Another daily, which has never de- 
voted much space to the nabes is 
contemplating a film theater direc- 
tory to run one or more times week- 

Independent Poster Co. 
Organized in Chicago 

Chicago — U. S. Independent Poster 
Co. has been organized here by Ben 
Marcus, I. E. Sarnoff and Frank 
Fischer. It will open a plant here 
to produce posters by a new screen 
process, including silk and photogra- 
phic. The company will later open 
branches at Minneapolis and other 
key cities throughout the country. 

Bette Davis Coming East 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Bette Davis, having 
completed her role in "The Letter" 
leaves Sunday to spend three months 
at her home in New Hampshire. 

Melvyn Douglas Back to M-G-M 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Melvyn Douglas, hav- 
ing completed his role in Columbia's 
"Too Many Husbands," is returning 
to the Metro studio where he will 
be co-starred with Myrna Loy in 
"Third Finger, Left Hand." Donald 
Meek and Felix Bressart are other 
cast members. Robert Z. Leonard 
will direct. 

Schines Shift Bookers 

Cleveland — Harry Thompson has 
been replaced as Schine booker in 
this territory by Harold Graives, 
former booker for the company out 
of Buffalo. 

RKO Closes Circuit Deals 

Cleveland — George Lefko, RKO 
branch manager, has closed two-year 
product deals with the Skirball cir- 
cuit, the Smith and Beidler circuit 
and the Nat Charnas circuit of 

Kaplan-Fadim Form Firm 

Chicago — Leon A. Kaplan and Na- 
than A. Fadim have organized the 
Natley Enterprises Inc. to operate 
theaters. First house is the Bell 
theater at 3064 Armitage Ave. 

Warners Want Garbo 
For "Mr. Skeffington" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Warner Bros, are re- 
ported negotiating for the services 
of Greta Garbo in the picturization 
of "Mr. Skeffington." Miss Garbo 
is understood to have a clause in 
her contract allowing her to make 
outside commitments if Metro does 
not find suitable stories for her. It 
is understood that Metro has shelved 
"Madame Curie" in which Miss Gar- 
bo was to star. 

Robert Cummings for "Riviera" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Following his role in 
Deanna Durbin's "Spring Parade," 
Robert Cummings will be cast in Uni- 
versale "Riviera" with Allan Jones. 
Jerome Kern has written music for 
this film version of Earl Derr Big 
gers' "Love Insurance." 

Two Companies Dissolved 

Albany — Secretary of State's of- 
fice has announced the dissolution 
of the American Theater ,Corp., 
Schenectady, originally filed by 
Henry J. Horstman of that city and 
the Keneca Amusement Corp., filed 
by Paramount Theaters Corp., 1501 
Broadway, New York. 

Colored Players Honored 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ebony statuettes have 
been awarded by the National Ass'n 
for the Advancement of Colored Peo- 
ple to Ben Carter and Hattie Mc- 
Daniel, the former for his work in 
"Maryland," and Miss McDonald for 
her role in "Gone With the Wind." 

Ken Murray's WGN p.a. Off 

Chicago — Personal appearance of 
Ken Murray at station WGN has 
been cancelled. Sabu is expected 
next week with Al Jolson to follow. 

Mogull Bros. Acquire Pix 

Mogull Bros., Inc., have acquired 
world 16 mm. rights to "Zapatore," 
story of the Prodigal Son. Pix is 
feature-length, with English and 
Italian titles. 

Frown On Curtain Ads 

Neenah, Wis. — Among proposi- 
tions frowned upon by the local 
Chamber of Commerce as unprofit- 
able advertising is copy appearing 
on theater curtains. 

Carley Opens Third House 

Holland, Mich. — The Carley 
Amusement Co., Butterfield The- 
aters, Inc., affiliate, has opened a 
third house, the Center. It seats 

Steel Co. Quits as Exhib. 

Cincinnati — Joe Isaacs has taken 
over The Benham, Benham, Ky., from 
The Wisconsin Steel Corp. Isaacs 
also operates a theater at Cumber- 

Jerry Murphy Under Knife 

Richmond, Va. — Jerry Murphy, 
20th-Fox salesman in this territory, 
taken ill suddenly, was rushed to the 
hospital for an emergency appendec- 


= By RALPH WILE — • 

COL LESSER has acquired "Strange 
*^ tory," novel by Rose Franken an.r 1 
liam Brown Maloney, and has schedft 
as his next production for UA release. 
Marrha Scott, whom Lesser lifted to < 
dom in his production of "Our Town," 
be starred and the authors of the ri 
have been engaged to do the screenpla 
which a new title will be given. 

/"^URRENT industry interest in the ma 
^■^ of surveys reminds that the ide; 
going to the public for info, to guide pro- 
tion is not wholly new. As long age 
1931, 1932 and 1933, Tamar Lane n 
pioneer production surveys at the behes 
such execs, as Joseph I. Schnitzer and D 
O. Selznick and still earlier, Lane did ! 
cial survey work for Uncle Carl Laem 
Lane's assignments took him across 
continent several times and were proc 
five of lengthy confidential reports on f 
lie reactions. 

JOHN GARFIELD plans to do five 
*^ tures for Warner Bros, before gi 
back to New York for another stage appi 
ance. Actor expects to do "Nijinsky" 
Oscar Serlin, Clifford Odets doing 

• • 

' a vehicle for Charlotte Greenwood wl 
will be based partly on her life. Rol 
Hopkins is preparing the scenario in collal 
ation with Fred Kolmar, who will prod 

THE League of American Mothers has 
' vised Joan Blondell that she has bj 
selected by a vote of their members as 
"most glamorous mother in Hollywoi 
Miss Blondell, is Mrs. Dick Powell away f 
the screen and the mother of two child 

• • 
\A/'TH preliminary preparations ci 

pleted, Clarence Brown has stai 
casting for his next directorial assignrr 
at Metro, "Come Live With Me." 
Brown film, which will co-star H 
Lamarr and James Stewart, is a light c 
edy, and will go into production some t 
this month. 

A BEM KANDEL is writing "Years of! 
** Locust," a story of New York life in 
past few years, carrying on as a sequel 
his novel, "City for Conquest," which Jail 
Cagney and Ann Sheridan are now comp t 
ing for Warners. Kandel's new volume 
carry the same characters on from 1927 
1940. Warners are reported to be interest 
in its film possibilities. 

• • 

THE large cast, with its 158 charai | 
' parts, engaged by Columbia for "J I 
zona," which Producer-Director We: I 
Ruggles is shooting, is now complete'' V' 
liam G. Lomax and Walter Baldwin are 
last two players to be signed. 

• • 
\A/ARNERS and Pat O'Brien have sig 

* ^ a new contract which calls for th 
features annually, with provision for 
to make outside pictures. 

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j [uternational in Scope 
.dependent in Thought 



The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 


L. 78, NO. 13 




Jp 1st-Run Rentals, Drop Subsequent*-- BTOA 

:hib. Unit Holds Former 
in Stand Advance; 

nrry Brandt Again Prexy 

3 ncreased rentals for first-run 
"f ises and a cut in film prices for 
»sequent-runs were advocated yes- 
day at an ITOA meeting at which 
rry Brandt was re-elected presi- 
it. Officers and directors who 
ive nominated at a previous meet- 
also were re-elected. 
t was pointed out that if the 
tributors w r ere losing money in 
foreign field, they should not try 
make up the loss by demanding 
•her rentals from the subsequent- 
l exhibitors, but should get in- 

l )i (Continued on Page 8) 

::,! I 
■J » 

1 : 


ee Nazi Features 
it U. S. Balkan Biz 

\thens (By Cable) — Latest threat 
the Balkans to American film dis- 
outors is a wholesale distribution 

German newsreels and feature 
tures either at a very low price, 
furnished free to exhibitors. 
UFA and Tobis distribute the bulk 

the German product shown in 
s territory. Restrictions in ma- 
ity of the countries in this ter- 

(Continued on Page 3) 

oyts-Greater Union Deal 

nalized at Sydney Meet 

•a i 

I IMeeting was held yesterday in 
dney, Australia, to finalize the 
i 3>yts-Greater Union amalgamation, 
H I was learned yesterday. Accord- 
E to 20th-Fox executives inter- 
ted in the matter, there was no 
ason to anticipate any hitch in the 
;ning, with advices expected today. 
As previously disclosed in The 

(Continued on Page 8) 


Drive-in Disturbs 

Slumbers, He Sues 

Columbus, O. — Suit to enjoin the 
operation ot a local drive-in theater was 
filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court, 
the plaintiff charging that the noise 
interferes with his sleep. Defendants 
are owners Harold Beck and Frank Yas- 
senoff who opened the theater June 25. 


Programs to be Suspended for Re-adjustments; to Increase 
Lines from 441 to 507 

Announcement yesterday by the 
FCC alloting NBC a new channel 
with which to further transmit, on 
an experimental basis, television 
programs, will force the network to 
suspend operations for several weeks 
while the necessary re-adjustments 
are made it was learned. The sus- 
pension will take place around Aug. 

It was also learned that the net- 
work, when the telecasts are resumed 
in mid-August, will step up the lines 

from 441 to 507. With the new 
screen, a much clearer picture is ex- 

Experiments in the television lab- 
oratories will continue unabated it 
was stated by network officials, with 
the experiments based on the recent 
FCC report re telecasts. 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Besides confirming 
its previous tentative approval of 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Australian Theater 
Business Said Good 

Leaving yesterday for the Coast 
to start his return voyage to Aus- 
tralia after a six months' stay here 
on business, Gordon Ellis, general 
manager of Associated Distributors, 
subsidiary of GUT, said that the 
latest reports from Australia in- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

NBC to Extend Newsreel 
Coverage for Television 

NBC officials are reported to be 
highly satisfied with the newsreel 
coverage of the Democratic National 
Convention, as handled through the 
Pathe-RKO-NBC pact set late last 
week. Films, as a whole, are good, 

(Continued on Page 3) 

RKO Product Deals 
Cover Five Circuits 

RKO product deals with five cir- 
cuits in the New York area and in- 
volving 157 theaters were announc- 
ed yesterday by Ned Depinet, vice- 
president of distribution. Contracts 
were closed with Skouras Metro- 
politan theaters, Randforce Amuse- 
ment Corp., Interboro Circuit, Island 
Theaters Circuit and Loew Metro- 

AGVA-Circuits Contract 
To Cover Only Met. Area 

Negotiations between AGVA and 
circuit heads for a contract covering 
union members working in circuit 
houses applies only to the Metro- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Censorship Interference Less 

Only Six Films in Trouble During the Year 

Pathe News Establishing 
Buenos Aires Headquarters 

Because the Latin-American coun- 
tries are becoming increasingly im- 
portant, Pathe News is expanding 
its South American coverage and is 
setting up headquarters in Buenos 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Sharp drop in official interference 
with films, plays, radio and books 
during the past year is reported by 
the American Civil Liberties Union 
in its annual survey, released today. 

"Since most of the censorship is 

based on so-called moral grounds, 

it indicates an increasing tolerance 

of themes which a few years ago 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Majors Will Release 95% 
Of Minimum, 94% of Maxi- 
mum Announced Programs 

Major distributors will release 95 
per cent of minimum, or 94 per 
cent of maximum announced pro- 
grams in 1939-40, it is revealed in 
a survey by The Film Daily. The 
checkup indicates that 385 features 
will be distributed by season's end, 
against announced totals of 402 to 

Pictures released to the end of this 
week will total 329 and 56 more are 
scheduled by the end of the season. 
Composite schedules shrank 23 from 
minimum announcements and 28 
from maximum. 

The survey shows that 20th Cen- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"Boom Town" Test 
Runs in Prospect 

While M-G-M has not determined 
an exhibition policy for "Boom 
Town," it is planned to give the pic- 
ture a few test engagements next 
month. Results of these test runs 
will be made available to exhibitors 
so that they can decide their own 
policies in presenting the picture. 

It is reported that M-G-M may 
ask exhibitors to raise their admis- 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Philly Parley Tomorrow 
On Musicians Controversy 

Philadelphia — Meeting has been 
set for one o'clock tomorrow after- 
noon in the Warner office here be- 
tween Warner execs, and local mu- 
sician union chieftains to discuss 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Philly Ashs Exhibs. 
Buy Traffic Signs 

Philadelphia — Because the City Coun- 
cfal while authorizing "No Parking-The- 
ater Zone" signs forgot to appropriate 
funds to provide them, local theater 
owners are being requested by the 
Traffic Engineers' Office to group to- 
gether in a pro rata payment plan. 
Maximum cost to the theater owner 
would be from $4 to $5, it is stated. 

Thursday, July 18, 19i 



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Met. Playhouse. Inc. 2nd deb. '45.. 63 Vi 65 Vi 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 57 60 

George Wiley Dies Up-state 

Buffalo — Funeral services for 
George Wiley, 72, industry vet., who 
died in a local hospital after a stroke 
and one week's illness, was held last 
night. Burial will be in Reno, Nev. 
His widow survives. 

Helen Gahagan Douglas Elected 

Chicago — Helen Gahagan Douglas 
was elected national committeewo- 
man for California. 

Frank Gillmore Staying, 
But Duties Are Lightened 

Following a meeting yesterday of 
the international board of the 4A's, 
Frank Gillmore, president, made the 
following announcement: "At a 
meeting of the international board a 
suggestion in the press that Mr. 
Frank Gillmore was resigning as 
president of the AAAA was unani- 
mously rejected. All branches of the 
4A's and the membership of the in- 
ternational board concurred in the 
action, but at Gillmore's request, his 
duties were lightened and his method 
of compensation changed to his en- 
tire satisfaction." 

At the same time it was learned 
that a special meeting of the coun- 
cil of Actors' Equity has been called 
this afternoon to consider the re- 
port of Bernard J. Reis on the ad- 
visability of placing all actors' unions 
under the head of one large union. 

Ross Federal Managers 
Open Convention Today 

Ross Federal managers' conven- 
tion opens today at the home office 
here and will run for a week, with 
program devoted to discussion of 
Fall business and policy matters. 
Prexy Harry A. Ross will preside. 
Here for the meetings are Walter 
Brown, Midwest; Jack Kraker, East- 
ern; Walter Anderson, Southern; 
Ruel Williams, Western, and Harold 
Lund, Central district chiefs. 

Pathe News Uses Crew 
Of 30 for Fight Films 

RKO Pathe News used a crew of 
30 for the camera work on the Arm- 
strong-Jenkins fight last night at 
the Polo Grounds. Prints go into 
metropolitan district theaters via 
RKO this morning, with national 
distribution by tomorrow. Bert 
Cunningham supervised last night's 
production activities along with Joe 
Walsh, sports editor of Pathe News. 

S. A. Preem for "Argentine Way"? 

Plans are being discussed by 20th- 
Fox to hold a South American pre- 
miere for their forthcoming produc- 
tion, "Down Argentine Way," it was 
learned yesterday. Picture might 
be premiered in Buenos Aires or Rio, 
or simultaneously in both South 
American cities. 

Longer Runs for Films 
In B & K Loop Theaters 

Chicago — B & K currently is giv- 
ing longer runs to films in Loop the- 
aters. Circuit is holding "Brother 
Orchid" for another week at the 
Roosevelt Theater, and "New Moon" 
at the United Artists Theater. "The 
Mortal Storm" goes into the Apollo 
Theater for a third Loop week. B & K 
returned "Strange Cargo" for a sec- 
ond showing at the State Lake The- 
ater, after an extended run at the 
United Artists. "My Favorite Wife" 
is having a second-run at the Apollo 

Mono. Would Foreclose 
On 107 Prints of GN Pix 

Federal Judge John W. Clancy 
vesterday ordered a hearing before 
Referee Peter B. Olney, Jr., on a 
petition of Monogram Pictures Corp., 
of Illinois, to foreclose on 107 prints 
of Grand National Pictures, Inc., now 
stored in the Monogram Illinois 
plant. The petition states that GN 
owes $2,263 to Monogram for' stor- 
age since Nov. 15, 1936, at $50 

Grinieff Buys Rights 
To "We, the People" 

Jacques Grinieff, French director, 
is reported to have purchased the 
motion picture rights to "We, the 
People," well known radio program. 
Major distribution deals are pend- 

"Turnabout" Into Roxy 

Hal Roach's "Turnabout" will have 
its New York premiere at the Roxy 
beginning July 26. A number of 
national tie-ups, including those with 
Dole pineapples, Turnabout hosiery, 
book publishers and others, have 
been completed by Grace Rosenfeld, 
Roach's publicity director. 

comma and Gome 

NIE MOORE arrived on the TWA Stratc 

BETTE DAVIS leaves Hollywood Sunday 
spend three months at her home in New Han 

CLAUDE LEE leaves Chicago today for Ja, 

CHARLES C. PETTIJOHN is in Chicago^ 

AL RAYMER, booking manager for fr 
diana- Illinois Theater circuit, has returned 
Chicago from a vacation trip. 

MORRIS HORKE, manager of B & K Term, 
Theater, Chicago, is on a motor trip throi 

CHARLES CHICK, of M-G-M's product 
staff, is due here from the Coast Monday. 

JOAN CRAWFORD is at the Ritz Towers 

JACK BERKSON, sales head of Mohawk Fill 
has returned from a Mid-Western four. 

CHARLES FINDLEY, Pathe News staff n 
of Paris, is here from Europe. 

WILLIAM KELLY, local cameraman, has joii 
Paramount's troupe in Virginia. 

LEWIS will attend the Southeastern exhibit 
meeting in Jacksonville next week. 

GORDON ELLIS, general manager of As 
ciated Distributors, left New York yestert 
en route to Sydney. He sails next week fr 
the Coast on the Mariposa. 

AL CORWIN, assistant to L. F. Whelan, |j 
eign publicity director for 20th-Fox, leaves S. 
urday for a two-week stay in Nassau. 

JOE PENNER and his wife are guests 
the Sherry Netherland. 

GRADWELL L. SEARS returned to his di 
at the Warner home office yesterday from 
trip to the company's Burbank studio to con 
with production execs, on the new progra 

JACK BENNY returned to Hollywood yest, 
day from a Hawaiian vacation and today sta 
work in Para.'s "Love Thy Neighbor." 

N. J. Allied Selects A. C. 
President Hotel for Meet 

Annual convention of New Jersi 
Allied has been set for Sept. 25-! 
at the President Hotel, Atlantic Cit 

New York Theater Goes Dual 

Newsreel program of the New 
York Theater has been changed to 
a double feature policy. Reason for 
changeover was said to be a b.o. 
drop due to war shots, which were 
severely criticized by patrons. Check 
of other newsreel houses also showed 
a slight drop in business, but this 
was accredited to a seasonal letdown 
rather than newsreel content. 

Para. Signs de Sylva as Producer 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Paramount has signed 
B. G. de Sylva to a long-term con- 
tract as a producer. Agreement be- 
comes effective in November. 


Don't be a wallflower! Learn 
how to attract men! See 



Coming Soon! 

rsday, July 18, 1940 



s Interference 
om Censorship 

(Continued from Page 1) 

jsed hostility and official inter- 
lace, " the ACLU concludes. 
B the six motion pictures which 
afoul of the censors most diffi- 
y was encountered with an anti- 
:i film originally titled, "Hitler, 
^.Beast of Berlin." The picture 
ensor trouble in Virginia, New 
'■!:, Chicago, Providence, and 
•yland. Other banned pictures 
ing the year were the French 
j , "Harvest." M-G-M's "Strange 
,go," and RKO's "Primrose Path." 
Chicago, police barred the mater- 
welfare film, "The Fight For 
In New York the ban on 

Sth of a Baby" was upheld and 
enver a theater owner was con- 
ed for showing the "Birth of a 

ooks which encountered censor- 
') included "The Grapes of Wrath" 
"Of Mice and Men"; plays which 
with difficulties included "The 
men." The film versions of all 
if escaped censorial attacks. 

the News Establishing 
en os Aires Headquarters 

(Continued from Page 1) 

'es. A camera crew was sent to 
Argentinian capital last week. 

t is planned to establish camera- 
Ja correspondents in Lima, Peru; 

itiago, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, 

''"harles Findley, Pathe News staff 

n who has been headquartering 

Paris, was due to arrive on the 
•nhattan last night. 

oom Town" Test 

ins Proposed by M-G-M 


(Continued from Page 1) 

n prices slightly for "Boom Town." 
is understood, however, that the 
ture will not be road-showed on 
lational basis. Picture is said to 
one of the most important on the 
npany's lineup. 

ugitive" Into Rialto 
Jniversal's "The Fugitive" opens 
the Rialto, Broadway, on Mon- 
f. Picture co-stars Diana Wyn- 
•:d and Ralph Richardson. 


Richard Dix 
Cene Lock hart 

Lupe Velez 

Arthur A. Lee 

Paul Perez 

Charles A. Stimson 

Lou MeneSik 


T T T 

— Syracuse, N. Y. 

• • • THIS Saline City from which came J. Robert Rubin, 

the Brothers Shubert, Marcus Heiman, Harry Joe Brown, J. Henry Walters, 

and many another to make their mark in film and show biz 

today reverts to type with the gala world premiere here 

of Jules Levey's first Mayflower production for Universal release 

"The Boys from Syracuse" For in the golden era of the legit. 

theater Syracuse was a lamed "dog town" and many a play 

later to score on Broadway was unveiled at the old Wieting 

Opera House the Bastable and the Empire before friend- 
ly if critical Syracuse audiences 

T ▼ T 

• • • "THE Boys from Syracuse," however, is the first 

major screen attraction to be given a world premiere 

with Hollywood and New York expeditionary trimmings 

and Syracuse is duly appreciative Witness the full day's pro- 
gram which has the blessing of Mayor Rolland B. Marvin 

who if he wasn't devoted to politics and government would 

make an ace showman himself The two plane loads of Uni- 
versal execs players and tunesmiths theatermen and 

newspaper people arriving this noon will find welcome 

and more on the municipal door mat 

T T T 

• • • THANKS to Gus W. Lampe. Schine city manager and 

his managerial staff Harry Unterfort of Keith's Gene Curtis of 

the Paramount Max Rubin of the Eckel the Keith-Schine pooled 

houses chosen for the premiere and Harvey Cocks of the Schine 

Palace the city has gone Grecian in a big way Not only are 

theater employes in togs but store employes as well And for 

a further ancient touch chariots are dashing through the streets 

while the city is decorated as it hasn't been since the Ka- 

Noo-No Karnival saved the State Fair for Syracuse 

T T T 

• O • THIS afternoon, there's to be a parade with local 

industry and Greek organizations participating Tonight, 

Mayor Marvin will dine the visitors in the Hotel Syra- 
cuse's Walnut Grill after the p.a.'s at the three houses 

all of which have sell-outs for the first show It's a record 

advance sale hereabouts And speaking of records here's 

another Lampe has special displays in 25 store windows 

downtown including some who never before have gone for 

that sort of thing 

T T T 

• • • THE evening Herald-Journal and radio stations 

have gone to unprecedented lengths in boosting the premiere 

The newspaper over which Frank W. Clark so astutely pre- 
sides as managing editor has carried special stories and 

art for the last three weeks The air has been filled with 

spot announcements and WSYR. WFBL and WOLF all will 

cover tonight's openings with WSYR also broadcasting the dinner. 

T T T 

• •«/'/' might be mentioned, incidentally that local 

interest in "The Boys from Syracuse" is more than titular 

Producer Jules Levey himself ... .hails from an old Syra- 
cuse family Allan Jones of the cast was once a music 

student ... .in Crouse College, Syracuse University and for 

a further touch it was Director Eddie Sutherland, no less 

who directed "The Sap from Syracuse" 

Free Nazi Features 
Hit U. S. Balkan Biz 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ritory prevent war news from be- 
ing used in the newsreels, but the 
German reels stress how peaceful 
life is in Germany and how well 
provided the people are in an ob- 
vious attempt to sway public opin- 

NBC to Extend Newsreel 
Coverage for Television 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and sound is being dubbed in at the 
New York headquarters of NBC 

Because of the success of the cov- 
erage via the newsreel, it is under- 
stood that future events, out of the 
immediate scope of television, will 
be covered in a similar manner. 

Dies Com. Hears 42 Film 
Figures Red Supporters 

Beaumont, Tex. — The accusation 
of "Communist" and "Communist 
sympathizer" was hurled in absentia 
here yesterday at 42 Hollywood fig- 
ures at a closed session of the Dies 
Committee, according to a commit- 
tee spokesman. The roster embraced 
not only players but writers, direc- 
tors and producers, it was said, with 
60 per cent charged with party mem- 

The Dies Committee yesterday 
heard John L. Leech of Portland, 
Ore., detail what he described as 
Communist operations in Hollywood, 
with his testimony covering at least 
a four-year period. Contributions 
from the screen group to the party 
were placed at a minimum of $1,200 
monthly, with campaign gifts and 
special assessments extra. 

Communism was depicted in Hol- 
lywood as a bulwark against Nazism, 
Leech declared. 

Pal's First "Puppettoon' 
To Have U. S. Locale 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — First of a series of 
six Technicolor "Puppettoons" that 
George Pal will make for release by 
Paramount will have an American 
western locale and will be scripted 
by Victor McLeod. Pal works with 
wooden characters instead of draw- 

"Syracuse" Twice in Ballo. 

"The Boys from Syracuse," which 
has its world premiere in three Syra- 
cust houses tonight, opens at both 
the Hip and Keith, Baltimore, Aug. 
9. Pix starts at the New York 
Paramount July 31. 

MPFE Guild Meets July 26 

First general meeting of the Mo- 
tion Picture Film Editors' Guild 
since elections will be held at the 
Capitol Hotel, July 26. John Michon 
was recently elected president of 
the new group. 


"ANDY H^T^- Cy! 

Le ^one en ' Su "-an 

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LISTEN to that guy yodel! 

SURE he's an M-G-M exhibitor! 

HE'S got hair on his chest! 

MAYBE he doesn't sing so pretty, but he sings 


NEW Moon" is one reason— 

ANDY Hardy Meets Deb" is another reason! 

THE customers are delighted to see 

JEANETTE MacDonald and Nelson Eddy together again! 

AND the combination of 

MICKEY Rooney and Judy Garland is sure-fire! 

HOLD-OVER business— so watch your bookings please! 

KEEP on singing Mr. M-G-M Exhibitor — 

YOU'RE doing your share to bring 

COMFORT and relaxation to the public! 

IT helps keep America sane and sensible. 

M-G-M is singing too! 

PRIDE and Prejudice" is another sweetheart 

GREER Garson, Laurence Olivier are great in it. 

BOOM Town" exceeds the rosiest hopes. It's terrific! 

GABLE, Tracy, Colbert, Lamarr— what a cast! 

ALL summer long weVe got 

GREAT entertainments for your eager public. 

AND what a Fall line-up! 

ISN'T it just plain common sense 

TO get set with M-G-M for 1940-41 and enjoy 

THAT happy feeling! 




1 W ^ILDWARD HO in the most fantastic tale of lawless- 
\/\t ness ever recorded of blood-streaked days when 
terrorism spanned the prairies . . . when mounted 
buccaneers signed bank checks with lead bullets . . . and 
laughed, loved and plundered to make burning pages in 
the history of the West. . . . 

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Original Screenplay by Harold Shumate 
Based on "When the Daltons Rode" by 
Emmett Dalton and Jack Jungmeyer, Sr. 




Exhibs. Getting 385 
Of 413 Pix Promised 

{Continued from Page 1) 

tury-Fox will be the first company 
to complete its schedule with the 
release of "Maryland" this week. 
M-G-M has already released 44, its 
minimum announcement and will fol- 
low with six more in following 
weeks. Universal will deliver all 
pictures planned except two Harry 
Edington productions, while Colum- 
bia and Warner Bros, will deliver 
complete schedules. 

Leading franchise distributors an- 
nounced 100 features and westerns 
for 1939-40. Monogram has released 
40 of 46 announced, and will deliver 
the remaining six. Republic has re- 
leased 39 of 54 announced; four to 
six more will be released, with nine 
to 11 dropped from the schedule. 
Monogram also announced and re- 
leased eight western reissues. 

A chart of major company fea- 
tures announced, released to July 
20, to come, and dropped from sched- 
ules, follows: 

Released Dropped 

to From 

Announced July 20 To Come Schedule 

Col 56 41 15 

M-G-M . 44-52 44 6 0-2 

Para. . . . 55-58 46 5 4-7 

RKO ... 58 40 10 8 

20th-Fox 52 52 

UA .... 32 15 8 9 

Universal. 57 49 6 2* 

Warners .48 42 6 

Australian Pix Theater 
Business Reported Good 

{Continued from Page 1) 

dicated theater business there was 
surprisingly good, considering world 

However, he said that there was 
little hope for improvement of the 
monetary situation at this time. He 
said that if there is any further 
spread of the area of war, distribu- 
tors "down under" would face a 
serious problem in obtaining prints, 
as even now the majority of Eng- 
lish prints shipped there are routed 
through the U. S. 

Ellis expressed the opinion that 
shipment of fewer prints into Aus- 
tralia would create a greater de- 
mand for prints on hand, which, in 
turn, might decrease distributors' op- 
erating costs to some extent. 


Thursday, July 18, V 

402-413 329 



" Three Edington productions were announced 
but only one delivered before Harry Edington 
moved over to his RKO post. 

Hoyts-Greater Union Deal 
Finalized at Sydney Meet 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Film Daily, Maurice Sloman will be 
the general manager of General 
Theaters Corp., operating company 
for the amalgamated setup, while 
Charles Munroe, Hoyt executive, 
will remain with Hoyts. Profits from 
GTC will be split between Hoyts and 
GUT on a ratio basis which will give 
Hoyts the largest share, due to its 
much larger theater holdings. 

Deal, which is a straight pooling 
arrangement for a 20-year period, 
is expected to effect a number of 
operating economies for both com- 



Philly Parley Tomorrow 
On Musicians Controversy 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the Philly situation. Meeting was 
arranged by the New York office of 
the AFM upon request of the local 

Whether or not the musicians are 
ready to back down from their posi- 
tion of last year which saw them 
ousted from all the Warner houses 
because of demands has not been 
learned. But, with Warners prev- 
iously taking the position that they 
would employ an ork in the Stanley 
with stage shows if no musicians 
were forced on them in other houses 
where they were not needed, it is 
possible the musicians have a propo- 
sition to offer to the Warner the- 
ater men. 

Ted Schlanger, Warner zone man- 
ager, Frank Phelps, labor adviser 
for all Warner theaters, and other 
company execs, are expected to at- 
tend the huddle. 

Mills 5 Cent Projectors 
To Distribs. in August 

Chicago — Mills Novelty Co. auto- 
matic projectors will be in the hands 
of distributors early next month, ac- 
cording to Fred Mills, prexy. just 
returned from Hollywood. Trade 
showing of the five-cent machines is 
planned shortly. 

Universal Castings 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Universal has cast 
Stuart Erwin Edgar Kennedy and 
Una Merkel in "Fireman Save My 
Child"; Nell O'Day in "Man from 
Cheyenne." Studio is dickering with 
William Seiter to direct Deanna Dur- 
bin's next film "Nice Girl." 

Col. Buys Wm. Sloane Story 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Columbia has pur- 
chased "The Edge of Running Wa- 
ter," by William Sloane, a dramatic 
story with locale along the Kenne- 
bec River in Maine. A prominent 
star is now under consideration for 
the leading role. 

Three Feature Pix 
for Tele Next Week 

NBC's tele program for next week 
calls for three feature films. "Below 
the Deadline" goes on at 9 p.m. Tues- 
day and "Atlantic Crossing" at the same 
hour Thursday, while "Typhoon Treas- 
ure" is spotted for 3:30 p.m. Friday. 

New Television Channel 
For National Broadcasting 

(Continued from Page 1) 

construction of the San Francisco 
television station, the FCC yester- 
day authorized NBC station W2XBS 
at New York and Don Lee's station 
W6XAO at Los Angeles to use the 
new television channel No. 1. This 
is in conformity with the Commis- 
sion's announcement of June 18, en- 
couraging the widespread distribu- 
tion of experimental facilities to pro- 
mote the advancement of television, 
the Commission said. 

Stations W2XBS and W6XAO 
operated on the formal television 
channel No. 1 which on May 22, was 
removed from the television hand. 
The Commission's approval of the 
use of the new television channel 
No. 1 was conditioned upon showing 
of acceptable programs of research 
and development. 

Phonovision May Make 
Projectors in Chicago 

Chicago — Phonovision automatic 
projectors may be manufactured 
here for Western distribution, ac- 
cording to Robin Harris, company's 
publicity director, now conferring on 
distribution here. It is expected 
that the price of the new machine 
will be about $500. 

Hawks to Make "Outlaw' 
For Hughes for 20th-Fox 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Howard Hughes has 
signed Howard Hawks to direct "The 
Outlaw," by Jules Furthman, which 
he will produce for 20th-Fox release. 

Pix for John Barrymore 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Twentieth Century- 
Fox is negotiating with John Barry- 
more to star in "Falling Star," fol- 
lowing completion of "The Great 
Profile." Role was originally intended 
for Warner Baxter and then for Don 
Ameche. Maurice Rapf is doing the 

Cagney, Bogart for 'Fabulous 30V 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Warner Bros, has cast 
James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart 
for lead roles in "The Fabulous 
Thirties" which Raoul Walsh will di- 
rect. Milton Krims wrote the scena- 

20-Fox-Del Ruth Deal Pends 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Roy Del Ruth, who 
completed his 20th-Fox contract last 
December, may return to direct "Say 
it With Music," Alice Faye-Betty 
Grable starrer. 

Raise First-Run 
Rentals Says ITOA 

(Continued from Page 1) 

creased prices from the first-r 
which can afford it. 

Keynote of the discussions 
summed up in an editorial in 
current issue of the Indepenj 
ITOA publication. The editori -1 
fers to the recent Neely bill 
ings at which Charles C. Pettiji 
stated that 85 per cent of the dom 
tic film revenue comes from 
first-runs, which means, the art 
asserts, that the thousands of 
dependency owned subsequent-i 
houses contribute only 15 per 
of the distributing companies' r 

"If these figures are correct," 1 
editorial continues, "then we ad' 
cate higher film rentals — for 1: 
first-run houses! And a proportk 
ate decrease in film rentals for 1 
subsequent-run theaters." 

Continuing, the editorial declai 
that since so much of the revenue 
forthcoming from the first-ru 
evidently they are making a hu 
profit and so can well afford to p 
more for the wonderful privilege 
showing pictures first and garneri 
all the cream, leaving but skimm 
milk for those that follow. The i 
dependent theaters, it can be se 
very clearly, are just about existi: 
when all they can contribute is 
per cent of the domestic revenue. 

"It should be clear that the di 
crepancy in the amount of mon 
taken in between the first-runs ai 
subsequent-runs makes it incumbe 
to have a general readjustment 
film rentals." 

In addition to Brandt, officers elected wei 
David Weinstock, first vice-president; Ste ' 
ley Lawton, second vice-president; Leon Ros< i 
blatt, treasurer; Charles Goldreyer, sergea' ] 
at-arms, and Frances Bregrnan, secreta: 
Elected to the board were Leo Brecher, Lai 
ence Bolognino, Bernard Brooks, Samuel B1 
weiss, Julius Charnow, Jack Hattem, O'tjl 
Lederer, Hyman Rachmil, Ray RhonheirniJ 
Abraham Shenk, Rudy Sanders. Sam Stra 
berg, Frank Moscato, J. Joshua Goldberg a 
Irving Renner. 

AGVA-Circuits Contract 
To Cover Only Met. Area; 

(Continued from Page 1) 

politan area, according to theati 
men who refuted reports yesterda 
that the contract would embrace a 
theater circuits in their entirety. . 
was stated that no negotiatior > 
would be opened with the union fc 
a nation-wide pact, but agreemenl : 
would have to be worked out fc 
local situations. 

20 More Give ATAHT 
35 Extended Dates 

With the addition of 20 holdover en- 
gagements reported yesterday, Warners' 
ATAHT has been held over for extended 
playing time in 35 engagements to date. 
The Bette Davis-Ch3rles Boyer co-starrer, 
nationally released this week, enters its 
third holdover week at the Radio City 
Music Hall today. 

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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

. 78, NO. 14 




/anger Urges Talent Percentage Salary Deals 

uld Do Much to Revital- 
ndustry and Reduce 
Us, Producer Believes 

FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
;tars, directors and writers were 
J in a percentage salary basis 
hich their earnings would be 
jtly r e- 
dble up- 
leir own 
tive and 
ould do 
to re- 
'■ ze the 
"osts and 
er Wan- 
;aid yes- 
y at a walter wancer 
Wanger is here from the 

(Continued on Page 8) 

fend Clearance 
Westway Appeal 

.Itimore — Judges John J. Park- 
'[orris A. Soper and Armistead 

Iiobie of United States Circuit 
: of Appeals yesterday heard 
il proceeding in restraint of 
complaint brought by the 

(Continued on Page 2) 


nous Players Canadian 
:1 Closed by Republic 

ronto — Republic has closed a 
act for 1940-41 product with 

(Continued on Page 8) 

em. Conclave Hits 
Chicago's Grosses 

Chicago — Take it from local theater 
orators, the Democratic national con- 
ation here this week has been anything 

It a boon to film biz. Convention 
itors not only have failed to patronize 
3 theaters, but the convention has kept 
d many of the home folks away. Re- 

f t: a heavy drop in attendance and 


Dime for Slot Machine Pix in Pittsburgh; 

Projectionists' I 'nion Demands Jurisdiction 

Pittsburgh — First of the 16 mm. coin-operated machines has been placed 
in the Oakwood Grill in the suburban Homewood district. The machine has 
eight film subjects of each approximately three minutes' running time, the slot 
taking a dime for each exhibition. 

Local 171, operators, claims jurisdiction over coin-operated movie machines 
and will demand servicing of all 16 mm. projectors which may be installed 
in the Pittsburgh district. The number of units to be serviced by one operator 
will depend on the location of the machines. 

Nick, Weston Trial 
To Start Sept. 9 

St. Louis — John P. Nick, former 
IATSE vice-prexy, and Clyde A. 
Weston, ex-business agent of Local 
143, operators, must go to trial Sept. 
9 under an indictment which charges 
them with violation of the Federal 
Anti-Racketeering Act and the Sher- 
man Anti-Trust Act. 

This was decided when Federal 
Judge John Caskie Collet overruled 
various defense motions attacking 

(Continued on Page 6) 

IA Closes H'wood Offices; 
Locals Now Autonomous 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — With closing of the 
Hollywood international offices of 
IATSE as ordered by the special 
committee sent here to adjust juris- 
dictional disputes between studio 
locals, the locals will be given full 
and complete autonomy. Lew C. G. 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Monogram Weighing 
Unit Producer Plan 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Plan is now being con- 
sidered by Monogram whereby the 
company will add additional unit pro- 
ducers to its organization within 
the next three months, similar to the 
setup George W. Weeks now has for 
his western series. Position of Scott 
R. Dunlap, vice-president and pro- 
duction chieftain, would remain un- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Five "Boom Town" Dates 
At 25-33 1-3% Higher Prices 

First test engagements for Metro's 
"Boom Town" yesterday were set 
for New Orleans, Indianapolis, Har- 
risburg, Reading and Atlantic City. 
In the first four spots, the pix goes 
into Loew houses. All five will tilt 
matinee top 25 per cent, night top 
about 33 1-3 per cent. Bookings 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Bar Remittances to France ? 

Order May be Extended to Other Nations 

Syracuse Goes Hollywood 
As "The Boys" Premieres 

Syracuse — Universal and Jules 
Levey launched the world premiere 
of "The Boys from Syracuse" here 
last night amid all the atmosphere 
of a Hollywood opening. Preceded 
by a noontime parade from the air- 
port, where two special planes de- 
posited Joe Penner, Bud Abbott and 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Following in line with its policy 
of partially blocking foreign bank 
balances, property and investments 
of warring nations in this country, 
the U. S. Government has advised 
all distributors of French pictures in 
this country not to remit any moneys 
to France, it was reported this week. 

Significantly, this information fol- 
lows an earlier statement by the 
Government that in the event prop- 
erties of American companies and 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Drafts Covering All Major 
Subjects Submitted; Arnold 
To Confer With His Aides 

Settlement of the Government's 
equity suit loomed as imminent yes- 
terday when it became known that 
drafts on all important subjects 
which would form the basis of a 
consent decree have been assembled 
in rough form and submitted to in- 
dustry execs, for study. 

Paul Williams and James Hayes, 
Special Assistants to the Attorney 
General, leave for Washington this 
afternoon to confer over the week- 
end with Thurman W. Arnold, As- 
sistant Attorney General, who has 
already received copies of the drafts 
for study it is understood. 

No complete draft of all subjects 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Five (ocalis Houses 
Figure in New Deal 

Deal by which the five remaining 
Cocalis houses in New York left in 
the chain after RKO and Skouras ab- 
sorbed the bulk of the circuit may be 
sold outright to an independent chain 
operator was said yesterday to be 
in the process of negotiation. If 
deal is effectuated it will see the Co- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Lucky Strike Ruled Lottery 
By Massachusetts Jurors 

Pittsfield, Mass. — Finding that the 
Beano-like game of Lucky Strike 
operated for a number of months at 
the Mohawk Theater, North Adams, 
constituted a lottery, a jury in Su- 
perior Court here returned a verdict 
of guilty against Bernard Payne, 
manager of the theater, on three 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"Streets of Paris' 9 
as Next Levey Pix? 

Syracuse — Mayflower's second produc- 
tion for Universal release may be "Streets 
of Paris," it was reported here last 
night as the Jules Levey producing com- 
pany's first, "The Boys from Syracuse," 
bowed in. 

Friday, July 19, 19' 

Vol. 78, No. 14 Fri., July 19, 1940 10 Cents 

JOHN W. ALICOATE : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
Holidays at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
by Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. J. W. 
Alicoate, President and Publisher; Donald M. 
Mersereau, Secretary-Treasurer. Entered as 
second class matter, Sept. 8, 19J8 at the 
post-office at New York, N. Y., under the 
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$3.00. Foreign, $15.00. Subscriber _ should 
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Representatives: HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— 
Ralph Wilk, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., Phone 
Granite 6607. LONDON— Ernest W. Fred- 
man, The Film Renter, 127-133 Wardour St., 
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Midwest vs. Mich. Co-op 
Suit Trial in September 

Detroit — Suit of Midwest Theaters 
against Co-operative Theaters which 
was set for trial yesterday in Fed- 
eral Court was postponed to the Sep- 
tember term of court. The case was 
considered likely to take up too much 
court time for a Summer hearing. 
The delay was not sought by either 
party to suit. 

Frank Walker Not to Be 
Democratic Chairman 

Chicago — Owing to press of his 
own business, Frank C. Walker, prexy 
of Comerford-Publix, will not suc- 
ceed James A. Farley as chairman 
of the Democratic National Com- 

$800,000 in War Stamps 
Sold via Industry Shows 

Ottawa — The Canadian film indus- 
try sold approximately $800,000 
worth of War Savings Stamps and 
Certificates through its free shows 
staged throughout the Dominion on 
Friday night, according to a final re- 
port made public here. Theaters 
participating numbered about 950. 

Montreal — Montrealers crowded 
into local theaters to contribute 
well over $40,800 for War Savings 
Stamps in response to the "Stamp Out 
Hitler" campaign of the Canadian 
motion picture industry. Twenty-two 
United Theaters on the latest count 
received from the local offices of the 
Quebec Allied Theatricals, where the 
"Stamp Out Hitler" campaign com- 
mittee met, sold $16,000 worth of 
stamps, while the five uptown Con- 
solidated Amusement Theaters re- 
ported a total of $13,177. Confed- 
eration Amusements, which controls 
seven houses announced a total of 
$6,138 and France-Film, with 12 the- 
aters, had a sale of $4,750. 

SETOA Jacksonville Parley 
Gets Under Way Sunday 

Jacksonville, Fla. — Southeastern 
Theater Owners Association, headed 
by M. C. Moore, will open a three- 
day convention here Sunday. Open- 
ing day will be largely devoted to 
entertainment, with golf at the San 
Jose course, surf bathing and deep 
sea fishing during the day and a 
Dutch Plate Supper at the Roose- 
velet Hotel at night. 

While business sessions are plan- 
ned for both Monday and Tuesday, 
entertainment features also will be 
stressed both days. Golf tournament 
will be held at San Jose in the af- 
ternoon, while at night, Sparks The- 
aters will host a shore dinner at the 
Copper Kettle. Dancing at the Beach 
Pier will follow. 

Golf will be resumed a 1:30 p.m. 
Tuesday and the convention will be 
brought to a close with a banquet, 
dance and floor show at the George 
Washington hotel at 8:30 p.m. Golf 
trophies and prizes will be presented. 

W. Va. Managers Assn. 
To Convene Aug. 27-28 

Ronceverte, W. Va. — Annual con- 
vention of the West Virginia Man- 
agers Association will be held Aug. 
27-28 at the Greenbrier Hotel, White 
Sulphur Springs, it was announced 
yesterday by J. C. Shanklin, con- 
vention chairman. Unit is headed by 
S. J. Hyman of Huntington. 

20th-Fox Employe Dies 
Fighting With the RAF 

Death in action of K. A. Ramsay, 
of the 20th-Fox staff in London, was 
learned in New York this week. 
Ramsay was a pilot officer in the 
Royal Air Force. He had been with 
the company for six years. 

Clearance is Defended 
At Westway Appeal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Westway Theater against major pro- 
ducers and five local exhibitors. At 
the original hearings before Federal 
Judge Calvin Chestnut early this 
year, the Westway suit, claiming 
deprivation of competitive films in 
restraint of trade, was dismissed. 
The theater then took an appeal 
from Judge Chestnut's decision. 

Counsel for major distributors de- 
fended the clearance system contend- 
ing that, with about 300 prints avail- 
able for showing in 16,000 theaters 
throughout the country, it was neces- 
sary to have arrangements of de- 
termining the order in which they 
are shown. 

Local exhibitors named in action 
are Frank H. Durkee; Lyndhurst 
Corp.; E. Elmer Nolte, Sr., Walter 
Pacy and Harry Reddish. Edgar Al- 
len Poe is attorney for the appellant, 
with Charles G. Page and J. Calvin 
Carney representing the defendant 

An opinion is expected to be hand- 
ed down in several days. 

20th-Fox Sets Releases 
For Aug., Sept. and Oct. 

Twentieth-Fox has set release 
dates for 13 features for the first 
quarter of the new season. First to 
go out will be "The Man I Married" 
on Aug. 2, to be followed during the 
month by: "Street of Memories," 9; 
"The Return of Frank James," 16; 
"Girl from Avenue A." 23, and "The 
Great Profile," 30. Latter was put 
ahead, originally being planned for 

September will have "Pier 13." 6; 
"Brigham Young," 13; "The Ghost 
of Cisco Kid," 20, and "Young Peo- 
ple," 27. For October, there will be 
"Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum," 
4; "Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb. No. 
1," 11; "In Disguise," 18, and "Down 
Argentina Way," 25. 

Two important productions will be 
released in November — "Hudson's 
Bav Company" on the 8th, and "The 
Californian" on the 29th. "Chad 
Hanna" will be released on Dec. 20. 

Lucas St Jenkins Signed 
For 1940-41 RKO Product 

Ned E. Depinet of RKO Radio 
yesterday announced the closing of 
a deal for 1940-41 product with the 
Lucas & Jenkins Circuit. The 
transaction covers 48 theaters in 

Bob Mochrie, Eastern division sales 
manager, returned from the South 
Wednesday after representing the 
company in the deal in association 
with Southeastern District Manager 
David Prince and Branch Manager 
H. M. Lyons of Atlanta. Wm. J. 
Jenkins acted for the circuit. 

Orson Welles to Direct 
"Native Son" for Stage 

Orson Welles is set for at least one 
stage chore in the Fall. He'll direct 
the Richard Wright-Paul dramatiza- 
tion of the former's "Native Son." 

COmiflG and GOIflC 

WALTER WANCER returns to the Coast tod 
or tomorrow. 

S. BARRET McCORMICK, director of advt 
tising and publicity for RKO, flies to the Co; 
Sunday via the TWA Stratoliner. 

ROBERT SMELTZER, Central district ma 
ager for Warners, is here from Washington 
confer with home office execs. 

ARTHUR GREENBLATT, manager of Alii? 
Film's New York exchange, has left on a bu? 
ness trip through upstate New York and t 

SONJA HENIE and her husband, DAN TO 
PING, are at the Waldorf. 

FRANCES FARMER returns to New York shoi 


BOB HOPE returns to Hollywood today afl 
an extended p.a. tour. 

PATRICIA MORRISON continues her p.a. to 
in the East today with Providence the fii 

OLYMPE BRADNA flies to Chicago next we 
from the Coast to make a p.a. in connecti 
with a radio ballyhoo for Edward Small's "Sou 
of Pago Pago" which will emanate from a CI 
cago station. 

CARLOTTA PORTER, of Paramount exchan 
staff in Charlotte, leaves New York tomorn 
after a vacation here. 

LUCILE WATSON arrives here Monday tn\ 
the Coast. 

the SDC, is on the Coast on business, returni 
to her Washington headquarters next week. 

SALVATORE POPOLIZIO, booker at 20th-Fc 
New Haven, and GEORGE SOMMA of Repub 
are vacationing at Ted Hilton's Hideawa 
Moodus, Conn. 

WILLIAM ELDER, manager of Loew's Rege 
Theater, Harrisburg, left last night for a tw 
week vacation at his cottage at Cape Cod. 

WALTER IMMERMAN, B & K general ma. 
ager, is vacationing in Michigan. 

MORRIS LEONARD, B & K counsel, has r 
turned to Chicago from the Coast. 

Century Circuit to Hold 
Benefits for Red Cross 

Forerunner of similar benefits plar 
ned for its houses in Queens, Nassa 
and Suffolk counties, Century Circu 
will hold special patriotic shows i] 
the Albemarle, Midwood, Marine an 
Mayfair theaters at 10:30 a.m. toda 
and tomorrow, entire proceeds goin 
to the Brooklyn Chapter of th" 
American Red Cross, it was ar 
nounced yesterday by J. R. Springe 
of Century. Circuit is the first i 
the metropolitan district to plan Re 
Cross benefits. 


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Edward Sloman 

JULY 20 

Muriel Evans 

Maurice Marks 

JULY 21 

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Lenore Ulhc 

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"Something bright and new!" -LOS ANGELES TIMES 


Keith, Paramount and Eckel Theatres, 
Syracuse, N. Y., Thursday, July 18th. 

Opens PARAMOUNT Theatre 

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Friday, July 19, 


Nick, Wesfon Trial 
To Start Sept. 9 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the indictment. The Court likewise 
sustained a Government motion to 
suppress its list of witnesses. Judge 
Collet, acting on his own motion, re- 
set the trial for Sept. 9 instead of 
Aug. 5. 

Defense motions overruled in- 
cluded four offered on behalf of 
Nick and two for Weston. Nick had 
sought to quash the indictment, to 
strike portions of it, to obtain a 
severance and to require the Govern- 
ment to furnish a list of the wit- 
nesses it proposes to use against 
him. The Weston pleas swept aside 
were a demurrer to the indictment 
and a motion to strike certain por- 
tions of it. 

The Government's charges against 
Nick and Weston grew out of their 
administration of the affairs of Local 

Five "Boom Town" Dates 
At 25-33 1-3% Higher Prices 

(Continued from Page 1) 

are for the week starting Aug. 9-10. 
Many other dates are reported pend- 
ing, with the same higher prices ex- 
pected to rule. Indianapolis, a dou- 
ble feature town, will single-feature 
the multiple starrer. 

National Tele Committee 
Being Formed by FCC 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The FCC yesterday 
announced that it is co-operating in 
the organization of a National Tele- 
vision Systems Committee, designed 
to function under the auspices of 
the Radio Manufacturers' Ass'n, as 
a means to confer with the television 
industry and otherwise assist in 
working out tele problems. The FCC 
feels that such a committee should 
be of value in the advancement of 
tele to a satisfactory level of per- 
formance that will insure a general 
and widespread public service. 

Cameo Theater Reopens Aug. 15 

Cameo Theater, which has been 
taken over by Consolidated Amuse- 
ment Enterprises, will be reopened 
about Aug. 15 after being shuttered 
for three months. Extensive altera- 
tions will be completed by that time. 
House will probably show foreign 
pictures on a first-run basis if suf- 
ficient product is available. 

Fines Aid Red Cross 

Orrin Tucker, who with his ork, heads 
the in-person show at the New York 
Paramount, is helping the Red Cross 
Drive through the medium of a stiff 
fine to members of his band who are 
late for shows or rehearsals. Those 
reporting late are fined to the tune 
of $5 a minute. Members of the band 
have already kicked in to the tune 
of $165, for which amount Tucker will 
present a check to the Red Cross. 

with PHIL A4. DALTi 

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• • • P ARAMOUNT'S unique experiment with tabloid edi- 
tions of former successes which gets under way with 

the Maurice Chevalier hit of 1932 "Love Me Tonight" will 

bear close watching It may be the right answer as to what 

is to be done about the perplexing re-make and re-issue problems 

Paramount's plan calls for the skillful re-editing and 

re-recording of the successes of other seasons with the new 

running time about 45 minutes Obviously, Paramount hopes 

that pictures so treated will find a place as the second 

feature on dual programs although they conceivably 

could substitute for shorts at the individual exhibitor's discretion. 

T T T 

• • • OFFHAND, there would seem to be much in the 

experiment's favor Importantly, in these days when 

every penny counts it enables Paramount to reap an 

added return upon its original production investment 

But beyond that the plan appears to sweep away. ...... 

many of the objections reasonably raised to re-makes 

and re-issues by John Q. Public. Esq There is no 

subterfuge employed And it is the producer-distributor 

practice of changing titles which principally has caused 

customer resentment It's one thing to knowingly 

patronize an old picture it's quite another to pay for new 

film entertainment and find that only the title is new 

T T T 

• • • ELIMINATED, too, is the possibility that John Q. 

Public will express dissatisfaction as has happened so fre- 
quently when a story is re-made with new players 

Nine times out of ten John Q. insists that the original cast was 

infinitely superior And in this connection it might be stressed 

that many a picture is remembered for the players 

who appeared in it and their performances than for any 

other reason 

T T T 

• • • PHIL M. is prepared to wager that there are 

hundreds of thousands of moviegoers who will cheerfully flock 

to see the 1932 "Love Me Tonight" as re-edited and re- 
recorded who would not be equally enthusiastic over any 

re-make The explanation, of course rests in the fact 

that they have pleasant memories of the performances 

of M. Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Myrna Loy 

Yes, the Paramount experiment most certainly will bear 


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• • • STUFF: Take it from Oscar Serlin himself, he's not signing 
John Garfield for the title role in "Nijinsky." despite all those stories 

David L. Loew-Albert Lewin have signed Russell Birdwell and 

Associates to handle all advertising, publicity and exploitation 

Ed Schreiber of Warners' publicity dept. is co-author of "It's Not Cricket," 

novelette which may see daylight in one of the slicks Director 

John Ford is being hailed for his fine staging of "Green Grow the 
Lilacs" at the Westport, Conn, strawhat; it's his bow as a play director 

Olympe Bradna flies to Chicago from the Coast Wednesday to 

do a "South of Pago Pago" broadcast over Mutual's network the fol- 
lowing night Miriam Hopkins opens in "The Guardsman" next 

week at Maplewood, N. J John R. Elliott, former manager of the 

RKO Palace, Youngstown, has been named manager of the city's new 

municipal airport Paramount is seeking a vehicle for victor Moore 

who owes the company a picture Joan Crawford is deferring her 

return to the Coast 

Monogram Weighii 
Unit Producer Plan 

(Continued from Page 1) 
altered in any changes made, it 

Proponents of the plan belies 
would strengthen the compa 
product lineup, relieving Dunla 
some of his work and enabling 
to concentrate on the company's 
budget pictures while still wor 
closely with the unit producers. P 
ably three or four producers w 
be put on this basis. In additio 
Weeks, Ed Finney, Fred Scott 
Paul Malvern are producing 
Monogram now under Dunlap's 
pervision. Monogram recently cl 
a deal to distribute pix to be n 
in English and Spanish by Inte 
tional Pictures. 

T. P. Loach, new vice-presic 
is said to have aided in formula 
the plan. 

Monogram Opening 2-Day 
Regional Meeting Here 

Monogram reps, from nine 
changes, plus home office execs, 
strong, will open a two-day regi 
sales meet this morning at the ! 
bizon-Plaza Hotel, with Edwarc 
Golden, general sales manager, 

Scheduled to address the gat 
ing are Thomas P. Loach, vice-p] 
dent and treasurer; Harry 
Thomas, general sales manager 
New York, Washington and PI 
delphia; Norton V. Ritchey, mans 
of the foreign department; Loui 
Lifton, director advertising and j 
licity; Lloyd Lind, head of the • 
tract department; John S. Harr 
ton, manager of the accessories 
print department. 

Brief addresses will be made 
executives of the exchanges w] - 
are participating in the meeti; I 
The speakers are Samuel Bror 
manager of the Boston office; 
Welansky, president of the Bo; 
and Pittsburgh offices; Samuel 
sen, manager of the Philadelj 
branch; J. J. Felder, manager of 
New York office; Mark Goldn 
manager of the Pittsburgh exchan 
Harry Berkson, president of the 
bany and Buffalo offices. 

Mo. Solons Meet Monde 
Expect No Pix Measures 

Jefferson City, Mo. — Special 
sion of the Missouri General Ass> 
bly called by Gov. Lloyd C. St 
to appropriate new relief funds 
the aged and unemployed, etc., c 
venes Monday. It is not anticip? 
that any new legislation affect 
the film industry will come up. ' 

Just Turn About 

Lancaster, Pa. — If it's all right fo 
exhibs. to give away ice cream, it's al 
right for an ice cream and eating place 
to offer free movies. And that's whal 
McMinn's, suburban establishment win 
a heavy local trade, is doing. 

iy, July 19 

, 1940 




Air Conditioning Systems 



Technical — Supplies 

urlh New Nabe 
I for Memphis 

emphis, Tenn. — Fourth new the- 

in Memphis since Jan. 1 is to 

constructed on Chelsea St., East 

lollywood, by J. A. West, owner 

several local houses. Raymond 

spencer, Memphis, has prepared 

plans which call for a white 

co front with effective flood 

ting. The house planned will seat 

• with room for 200 more in a 

ony for Negroes with separate 

ance, etc. The theater is esti- 

ed to cost $45,000. 

y wood- Wakefield Seats 
Bartlesville's Osage 

j artlesville, Okla. — Griffith's new 
. ge Theater, just opened here, 

I' >hasizes latest trends in design, 
ise has 1,100 Heywood-Wakefield 
Acs, making it one of the largest 
'} iters in the state. Decorations 
:/' i the illusion of an open-air 
j. ilion overlooking beautiful land- 
Xbe murals. Rest rooms, smoking 
lges, offices, foyer, mezzanine and 
. • jy are finished in attractive pastel 
"f'des. Tile, enamel and colored 
:co have been combined in a 
J, king front elevation. 

varded Newcomb Job 

Villiamsburgs la. — Work has 
. rted on construction of W. J. 
^-comb's new theater at Williams- 
g. The contract for construction 
? awarded to Morehead & Fred- 
<son of Cedar Rapids. 

.1, ison Signs for RCA 

- "incinnati — I. Libson, president of 

i ts, Inc., operator of the Times, 

equipping the house with new 

|IA Photophone sound. Service and 

dfj intenance were included in the 



ilding in Cumberland 

Cumberland, Ky.— Walter McCur- 
; and A. M. Martin will start con- 
; uction of a new theater here at 

; lee. 

Lebor Leaves RKO 
For Yorh Ice Post 

John F. Lebor. recently with RKO, 
has been appointed assistant to the 
executive vice-president of the York 
U: Ice Machinery Corp., according to an 
; announcement by E. A. Kleinschmidt, 
x -.: executive vice-president. Lebor, in 1933, 
ft : joined RKO where he served as funded 
•■ debt administrator and handled mis- 
cellaneous corporate and financial as- 
signments until his present appointment. 

Equipment Field Notes 

Equipment Editor, THE FILM DAILY 

A GENERAL purpose universal 
motor with sides made flat so 
that it will occupy a minimum 
amount of space is discussed in a 
new leaflet of the Westinghouse 
Electric & Mfg. Co. Mounting of the 
motor is by means of two drilled and 
tapped holes in one of the flat sides. 
Applications include motion picture 
projectors, adding machines, check 
writers, and other light duty drives. 

* * * 

The Airlines News Theater, sched- 
uled for late August opening in New 
York City's new Airlines Terminal is 
so modern that almost every fitting 
has had to be specially designed. 
This applies as well to the air con- 
ditioning plant of the 528-seat house 
designed by Architect John P. Peter- 

* * * 

York Ice Machinery Corp. has 
completed an arrangement by which 
its salaried employes in the U. S. 
will have the benefit of approximate- 
ly a 40 per cent increase in group 
life insurance, as well as accidental 

death and dismemberment protec- 

* * * 

With Sam Myers dropping his 
plans for a house at Glencoe, III., and 
instead joining forces there with 
George Valos, plans for the new 
Glencoe Theater there are being re- 
vised by Architect Irving M. Kar- 
line. New estimated cost is $150,000. 
House will seat 1,100. 

The Force Flo Co., Chicago dis- 
tributor of air conditioning systems, 
has moved to larger quarters at 441 
North LaSalle St., under H. R. Cole- 
man management. 

* * * 

Chester Currie, president of Currie 
& Harman, who are to operate a new 
900-seat house going up at Pawtucket, 
R. I., has signed with RCA Photo- 
phone for sound equipment and hard- 
of-hearing aids for the as yet 
unnamed house. The same company 
also operates the Broadway at Paw- 

First Hearing Aids 
For Stage Shows 

Detroit — First installation of 
equipment allowing hard-of-hearing 
patrons to hear stage shows in film 
houses has been completed at the 
local Harper by the Wisper & Wets- 
man Circuit. Idea was conceived by 
Joe La Rose of the circuit, and 
worked out technically by Fred C. 
Dickely, Altec Service manager, who 
made the installation with Western 
Electric Equipment. 

Group of 42 seats has been so 
equipped, using equipment similar 
to that installed to pick up the film 
sound for the hard-of-hearing. Sound 
is fed from public address amplifier 
to the projection booth, and then 
into the ear-phones. Either the ear- 
phones provided by the houses or 
special equipment owned by the pa- 
tron can be used. 

This new type of installation is 
expected to make it possible for 
some 5,000,000 patrons with im- 
paired hearing to enjoy the shows. 

Franklin Research Issues 
New Gloss Wax Bulletin 

Philadelphia — Franklin Research 
Co. announces issuance of their new 
technical bulletin on Aerated Rubber 
Gloss Wax, illustrating latest meth- 
od for testing the slip resistance of 
various floor waxes. Tabulated data 
showing results of slip tests is in- 
cluded, and approved devices are il- 
lustrated and discussed. A small 
device is offered gratis to those in- 
terested in making accurate tests at 
their desks of floor waxes they buy. 

Additionally, Franklin Research 
has ready for distribution a new 
folder on their complete line of floor 
maintenance materials. 

Acquire Plaskon Control 

Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co. has 
purchased a controlling interest in 
Plaskon Co., Inc., largest producers 
of urea plastics in the country, from 
Toledo Scale Co., it was announced 
by John D. Biggers, president of 
the glass company. General Aniline 
& Film holds the minority interest. 

Jas. Edwards, Jr., Builds Two 

Temple City, Cal.— James Ed- 
wards, Jr., is erecting 800-seat thea- 
ter buildings here and at El Sereno, 
and is remodeling and re-equipping 
his Rialto at El Monte. The latter 
has been renamed the Valley. He has 
contracted with RCA Photophone for 
new High Fidelity sound for all 
three installations. 


When your house is dark it doesn't 
much matter what's on the floor but 
when the lights go up it makes a big 
difference. One reason why you'll 
find Alexander Smith Carpet in so 
many of the country's most success- 
ful theatres. 


Friday, July 19, 19- 

Hear Remittances 
To France Barred 

(Continued from Page 1) 

individuals were confiscated by any 
Government in Europe it "might" 
make properties here subject to at- 
tachment. This move may have some 
bearing on action taken by the Nazis, 
who have reportedly confiscated 
properties of at least two American 
distributors in Europe. 

Other foreign distribs., particular- 
ly those in Nazi-dominated countries, 
are expected to get the same advice 
from the Government that is under- 
stood to have been given the French 

Syracuse Goes Hollywood 
As "The Boys" Premieres 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Lou Costello and other celebrities 
from Hollywood and Broadway, in 
addition to Universal execs, and 
press representatives, the opening 
last night was something the town 
won't soon forget. 

The premiere was held simultane- 
ously at three theaters, Keith's, 
Paramount and Eckel. Graham Mc- 
Namee, acting as master of cere- 
monies, introduced over the air the 
visitors who included Penner, Peggy 
Moran, Eric Blore, Abbott and 
Costello, Charles Coburn, Constance 
Moore and Jules Levey, the latter do- 
ing a comedy bit with Penner. 

The visiting contingent planes back to New 
York this morning. In addition to those 
named, it includes J. Cheever Cowdin, Charles 
Prutzman, Peyton Gibson, William A. Scully, 
Frank J. A. McCarthy, Lou Pollock, Ruth 
Morrow, Marion Orford, Morris Alin, Univer- 
sal; Malcolm Kingsberg, John J. O'Con- 
nor, Leon Goldberg, Fred Myers, RKO ; I. 
Rappaport, Baltimore; Ed Sherman, New 
York; Constance Moore, Peggy Moran, Hol- 
lywood ; Jim Cunningham, Motion Picture 
Herald ; Lionel Toll, The Independent ; Leo 
Mentlik, Jay Emanuel Publications ; Al Steen, 
FILM DAILY; K. W. Herman, Pix; Pat 
McGrady, AP ; Patricia Krell, Bell Syndicate; 
Louise Levitas, PM ; Gene Badger, PM ; 
Mowax, Film Bulletin; Pete Harrison, Har- 
rison's Report; Elizabeth Lockwood, Movie 
Life; Llewellyn Miller, Hollywood Magazine; 
Muriel Babcock, Picture Play; Red Kami, 

Five Remaining Cocalis 
Houses Figure in New Deal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

calis interests relinquish their last 
holdings in New York. 

It was also reported that Warners 
are interested in taking over some 
of the Cocalis properties in New Jer- 
sey. New York houses still owned 
by Cocalis that are involved in the 
reported deal are the Allerton, 
York, Rosedale, Beech and Alpine. 

Duals Will Go, Wanger Holds 

Pix Merchandising Rapped as Stereotyped 

(Continued from Page 1) 

50 Days to Egypt 

Alexandria (By Cable) — It may take 
50 days to get them here from New 
York, but American films are still coming 
through for exhibition here and the Near 
East. Route from New York is via 
Capetown, Basra, Mosul and Nisbin. 

Coast to confer with United Artists 
executives on the handling of his two 
newest productions, "The Long Voy- 
age Home" and "Foreign Correspon- 
dent," which will probably be re- 
leased in early Fall. 

Wanger deplored the fact that too 
much money is being spent in the 
film industry today for services "not 
rendered," but expressed the opin- 
ion that, although expenses can be 
cut to some extent, no cuts can be 
made that will impair the quality of 
pictures. He pointed out the per- 
centage system as a modus operandi 
to cut high overheads on flop pic- 
tures, with people working on a per- 
centage basis getting much less 
money than they would on straight 
salary, thereby reducing the ulti- 
mate loss to the production company. 
However, he said that John Ford 
had worked with him on a percent- 
age basis, as had Fredric March, 
and both men had profited by it. 

Merchandising Stereotyped 

Assailing double features, and 
stressing the need of greater co- 
operation between exhibitors and 
distributor-producers, Wanger ex- 
pressed the opinion that merchan- 
dising of pictures today was too 
stereotyped, and stated that exhibi- 
tors today will not push any picture 
that lacks "names" or is labeled as 
something out of the ordinary, 
thereby discouraging producers from 
making anything apart from the 
usual run-of-the-mill stories. 

Wanger strongly believes that 
double features will go, and cited 
his own experiences as evidence of 
the revolution from volume to qual- 
ity in smaller numbers from year to 
year. He said that in 1921 when he 
worked for Paramount, they made 
160 pictures, and only five years ago 
he had produced 12 features him- 
self within 13 months, but that to- 
day, two to six pictures were all 
stars, directors and independent pro- 
ducer were making over a two-year 
period in most cases. 

He said that although an exhibi- 
tor might not want to play a pic- 
ture like "Blockade," or anti-Nazi 
films or other features out of 

the ordinary themes, the exhib. was 
defeating himself and the producer 
at the same time as he has an op- 
portunity to create new audiences 
with this type of film. Wanger 
heartily approved "The Grapes Of 
Wrath" and "I Married A Nazi," 
both 20th-Fox films, as films that 
would create new audiences, and he 
lauded Darryl F. Zanuck for produc- 
ing them; Wanger asserted that if 
he had not received such a "kicking 
around" with "Blockade" he would 
have liked to have made "The 
Grapes Of Wrath" himself, but he 
was afraid of it due to his own ex- 

Favors New York Production 

Asked about production in New 
York, Wanger stated that he firmly 
believed 25 per cent of all produc- 
tion should be in New York because 
of its close affinity with the stage 
and with other creative artists who 
are unwilling, or do not have time 
to go to Hollywood. But, he ad- 
mitted that although the theory of 
Eastern production is good, its prac- 
ticability today is nil because of the 
huge investments, facilities and 
other benefits in California. 

Wanger said he would make "Per- 
sonal History," but didn't know 
when he would get it into produc- 
tion. He disclosed that he has 
around $2,500,000 invested in "The 
Long Voyage Home" and "Foreign 
Correspondent," saying he would 
concentrate all his attention on the 
merchandising of these films before 
he resumes production. 

Asked what he thought would be 
the next great forward step in pic- 
tures, Wanger expressed the opin- 
ion that stereophonic sound was the 
answer. He also sees color becom- 
ing increasingly prevalent as costs 
go down on color work. 

He will return to California today 
or tomorrow to finish work on his 
two new films, and then will come 
back to New York in several weeks 
to work on the handling of the pic- 
tures. He also plans to take a 
swing around the country and con- 
tact exhibitors for ideas and sug- 

Radio's Cancellation Aids 
Armstrong-Jenkins Films 

Armstrong-Jenkins fight films, 
produced by RKO Pathe and released 
by RKO, running time 18 minutes, 
went into the Palace and Rialto, 
Broadway, yesterday noon. Deals 
closed prior to the bout sent the films 
into RKO, Warner, Loew-Poli, Fiber 
& Shea, Griffith and Paramount En- 
terprises houses. More than 200 
prints were reported in use. 

WJZ's action in cancelling its 
scheduled broadcast of the fight in 
favor of the Democratic national con- 
vention was said to be heightening 
public interest in the fight films to 
the benefit of the b.o. 

IA Closes H'wood Offices; 
Locals Now Autonomous 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Blix, an international representative 
of iA, has left the organization while 
Steve Newman, head of IA affairs 
here, will continue to act as inter- 
national representative for Southern 
California. The special committee 
consists of Tom Murphy, Sal Scop- 
pa of New York and Bobby Burns 
of Chicago. 

Decree Proposals 
Under Exec. Study 

(Continued from Page 1) 

has been assembled, it was learne 
It was reported that the drafts r 
all important subjects agreed in prii 
ciple as a result of the conference 
but that considerable work on d] 
tails remained to be done. 

The arbitration draft is said 
stipulate that no Government off 
cial shall sit on any arbitratio 
panel, but that its main intere; 
will be directed in the selection of 
neutral arbitrator who will sit wit 
the distrib. and exhib. represent; 
tives on the boards. 

Size of the arbitration panels als 
was understood to still be in que; 
tion, although it is expected that tr 
original plan to have three-man aj 
peal boards and 10-man panels 
each exchange district will be foi 
lowed out. The draft on arbitratio 
covers the powers of the board an 
its jurisdictional rights. 

Lucky Strike Ruled Letter 
By Massachusetts Jurors 

(Continued from Page 1) 

appealed cases of setting up ani 
promoting a lottery. Judge Thoma 
J. Hammond fined Payne a total o 
$450, ordering it be paid at once 
with jail the alternative. 

Cases had been appealed from tb 
North Adams District Court when 
Judge John E. Magenis recently 
found Payne guilty and imposed fine 
totaling $120. The complaints agains 
Payne as manager of the theater^ 
which is owned by E. M. Loew o: 
Boston, were brought as the resuh 
of a State Police investigation or- 
dered by District Attorney Thomas 
F. Moriarity. 

Similar complaints were made 
against Francis J. Faille, managei 
of the Paramount Theater, where 
Ten-O-Win had been in opera- 
tion. Faille was also found guilty 
by Judge Magenis and fined $100 
which he paid. 

Famous Players Canadian - 
Deal Closed by Republic 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Famous Players Canadian, operating 
275 theaters in the Dominion. 

James R. Grainger, Republic's 
prexy, in Toronto for the past two 
days, closed the deal in association 
with A. W. Perry, general manager 
of Empire Films, Ltd., distributors 
of Republic product in Canada. 

"Night Music" is Next 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — David L. Loew- Albert 
Lewin will follow "Flotsam" with 
Clifford Odets' "Night Music." 

Zoos to Order 

You can't stump the real showman. 
Exploiteers engaged by Select Attrac- 
tions determined that the proper way 
to put over the pix in the keys was 
with a wild animal bally, using an ele- 
phant, lion, rhinoceros, giraffe and 
leopard. Interposed the problems of 
supply, feeding, transportation. Joe 
Plunkett's solution was life-size replicas, 
now being turned out on the mass pro- 
duction basis by Messmore Cr Damon. 
Order calls for 5,000, plus as many ship- 
ping cases transformable into cages. 


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nternational in Scope 
^dependent in Thought 



The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 



DL 78. NO. 15 





v4etro Retaining Code Concessions In New Pacts 

inds Selling Policy En- 
rely Satisfactory After 
rial During Year 

M-G-M's new season contracts will 
tain the provisions of the defunct 
! [ade practice code. These code con- 
ssions were incorporated in the 
mpany's contracts for the current 
ason and provide for 20 per cent 
ncellation privileges, optional arbi- 
ation clause, non-forcing of shorts 
ith features and other concessions. 
The selling policy, which was an- 
ounced on Sept. 29, 1939, has proven 

[Continued on Page 6) 

■ :. 

ligher Admissions 
or Mich. Blocked! 


Detroit — Move for higher admis- 
3 s »ns in this state in the wake of 
.e new Federal admissions taxes 
.ces breakers ahead, it was indi- 
ited at the week-end when it be- 
ime known that Governor Dickin- 
son was irritated by reports that 
mie merchants were using defense 
\ 'vies as an excuse for price boosts. 
The industry angle is this: Dis- 

(Continucd on Page 8) 

atriotic Service Duties 
"aking Blank to Capitol 

A. H. Blank, president of Tri- 
tates Theater Corp. of Des Moines, 
ill devote most of his time during 
ie next few months to his new post 
3 co-ordinator in Paramount's Red 
ross and other patriotic drives. He 
to take up his temporary head- 
uarters in Washington this week. 

Blank, in Atlantic City over the 

(Continued on Pane 7) 

Warners Part Front 
Muni and Dieterle 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — By amicable agreement 
Paul Muni and William Dieterle and 
Warner Bros, have parted company. Both 
star and director were anxious to free 
lance. By a contract signed in 1938 
Muni had seven more pictures to star in 
for Warners at $125,000 per picture. 
Dieterle's contract would have expired 
in 11 months and his salary was $3,000 
a week. M. C. Levee represents Muni 
and Dieterle. 


"Impractical to Try to Increase Business With Less Worthy 
Entertainment," Loew's Prexy Holds 

M-G-M will proceed carefully, 
will economize wherever possible but 
never at the sacrifice of quality in 
prod uction, 
Nicholas M. 
Schenck, as- 
serted in a 
statement de- 
fi n i n g the 
c o m p a ny's 
policy in the 
light of pres- 
ent world 

D e daring 
that it was 
the hope of 
the company 
to get the 
best returns 
torn the mai'kets open to the in- 
dustry, Schenck said it "would be 


impractical to try to increase busi- 
ness with less worthy entertain- 

Continuing, Loew's president said: 

"Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's position 
is strong. Our future productions 
look most encouraging. We are well 
abreast of our schedule. Naturally, 
we must face the future with some 
flexibility in order to adapt our- 
selves quickly to any sudden change. 

"Some of our pictures now in pro- 
duction give promise of being the 
best we have ever made. After all, 
time and experience bring us ever 
closer to the public taste. 

"Our current season drawing to 
a close, from the point of view of 
the merit of the film, is the best we 
have ever had. 

"With regard to the much dis- 

(Coutinurd on Page 7) 

FPC 1940 Earnings SETQA Convention 
Reported as Higher Calls 250 Exhibs. 

Toronto — Despite the fact that the 
premium on U. S. exchange has in- 
creased the cost of film rentals 10 
per cent and corporation taxes are 
materially higher as a result of the 
war, Famous Players Canadian's 
earnings for the first six months of 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Jacksonville, Fla. — More than 250 
theater operators and others con- 
nected with the movie industry are 
expected to attend the Southeastern 
Theater Owners Association conven- 
tion here today. 

Prexy M. C. Moore of Jackson- 
ville will preside at the opening busi- 

(Continucd on Page 7) 

N. Y. Allied invading Jersey 

Expands Into Northern Part as MPTOA Unit 

"One Big Union" Plan Gets 
Eguity Council's Approval 

Report recently submitted to 
AAAA member unions by an ac- 
countant on the feasibility of "one 
big union" was approved in prin- 
ciple Friday by the Equity Council 
at a special session. The Council 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Simultaneous with its affiliation 
with MPTOA, Allied theaters of 
New York announced yesterday that 
its membership would be expanded 
to include exhibitors in Northern 
New Jersey. Invasion of New Jer- 
sey means that the New York unit 
will compete for leadership with the 
New Jersey Allied unit. 

At a closed session last Thurs- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

D of J Also Reported Ask- 
ing Ban on Theater Expan- 
sion During Such Interval 

With the equity suit settlement 
moves approaching a climax — the 
tipoff may come when application 
for a further trial adjournment is 
made before Federal Judge Henry 
W. Goddard today — it was reported 
at the week-end that the Government 
is asking the Big Five defendants 
that a "trial period" be provided to 
test the workability of any consent 

Additionally, it was said by sources 
close to the conferees that the Gov- 
ernment is stipulating that during 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Neely Bill Action 
Chance Said Slim 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — As Congress recon- 
venes today, possibility of the House 
Interstate and Foreign Commerce 
sub-committee handling the Neely 
bill, giving it any action is exceed- 
ingly slim, The Film Daily was told 
Saturday by a committee spokesman. 
"There won't be anything doing on 
it now," it was stated. 

Practically all members of the sub- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Monogram to Have Three 
Features in Full Color 

Monogram will make three pic- 
tures in color for the new season, 
it was announced over the week- 
end by Edward A. Golden, general 
sales manager, who presided at the 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Walker or Kennedy 
to Replace Farley? 

When James A. Farley steps down 
as chairman of the Democratic National 
Committee in mid-August, he may be 
succeeded by Frank C. Walker, president 
of Comerford-Publix, or by Joseph P. 
Kennedy, former film exec, now Am- 
bassador to Great Britain, it was re- 
ported at the week-end. While Walker 
has indicated he dees not want the post, 
his name as well as that of Kennedy is 
being persistantly mentioned. 


Monday, July 22, U[ 

Vol. 78, No. 15 Mon., July 22, 1940 10 Cents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
Holidays at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
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act of March 3, 1879. Terms (Postage free) 
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remit with order. Address all communications 
to THE FILM DAILY, 1501 Broadway, 
New York, N. Y. Phone BRyant 9-7117, 
9-7118, 9-7119, 9-7120, 9-7121. Cable address: 
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Representatives: HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— 
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Con. Fm. Ind 

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do pfd 

Paramount 5 5 5 

Paramount 1st pfd 

Paramount 2nd pfd.. 7'/ 2 7y 2 7'/ 2 

Pathe Film 

RKO New 3 2'/ 8 3 

RKO $6 pfd 36 36 36 

Warner Bros 2l/ 4 2% 2% 

do pfd 


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Loew's deb. 3y 2 s46 

Para. B'way 3s55... 47 47 47 + iy 2 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Piers. cv.3'/ 4 s47 84 8334 84 +1 
Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 

New York SPG to Charge 
Initiation Fee on Aug. 1 

An initiation fee of $1 per month 
retroactive to Nov. 1, 1939, will be 
instituted by the Screen Publicists 
Guild of New York on Aug. 1, it 
was announced by the Executive 
Committee over the week-end. This 
fee will affect only a very small 
group as the overwhelming major- 
ity of home office ad and pub men 
are already members of the guild, 
it was said. 

No Result at WB Music'ns Confab 
Philadelphia — Meeting Friday be- 
tween the musicians' local and War- 
ner executives ended with nothing 
accomplished, it was reported. 

II The Broadway Parade H 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

All This and Heaven Too (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 3rd week Music Hall 

The Ghost Breakers (Pcramount Pictures) — 3rd week Paramount 

My Love Came Back (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week ..Strand 

Maryland (Twentieth Century-Fox) — 2nd week Roxy 

New Moon (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Capitol 

Sporting Blood (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) Criterion 

The Fugitive (Universal Pictures) — Opens today Rialto 

Girls of the Road (Columbia Pictures) ...Clobe 

One Night in Paris (Alliance Film) (a) Central 

One Man's Law (Republic Pictures) (a) Central 

Four Sons (Twentieth Century-Fox) (a-b) • • Palace 

Cross-Country Romance (RKO Radio Pictures) (a) Palace 


Gone With the Wind (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Selznick) — 32nd week Astor 


The Baker's Wife (The Baker's Wife Co.)— 20th week World 

End of the Day (Juno Films) (a-b) 55th St. Playhouse 

Carnival in Flanders (French feature) (a-b) 55th St. Playhouse 


South of Pago Pago (United Artists-Small) (c) Music Hall 

Untamed (Paramount Pictures) — July 24 Paramount 

They Drive by Night (Warner Bros. Pictures) — July 26 Strand 

Turnabout (United Artists-Roach)— July 26 Roxy 

Disney Parade of Hits-"Snow White" and Shorts (RKO Radio) (c) Criterion 

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (c) Capitol 

Leopard Men of Africa (Select Attractions) — July 27 Globe 

Now I'll Tell (Twentieth Century-Fox) — July 24 (a) Central 

Hi Ho, Silver (Republic Pictures)— July 24 (a) Central 

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Warner Bros.)— July 25 (a-b) Palace 

Tom Brown's School Dsys (RKO Radio Pictures) — July 25 (a-b) Palace 

(a) Dual bill. (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 

Philly Variety Club's 
Golf Tourney on Sept. 13 

Philadelphia — Annual golf tourna- 
ment sponsored by the local Variety 
Club and Jay Emanuel's The Exhibi- 
tor will be held Sept. 13 at the 

banquet will be 
or 12 at the Bel- 
Date has been 

Philmont Country 

Variety Club's 
held either Dec. 5 
changed from Sunday to a Thursday 
to meet objections of home office 
people who found Sunday banquets 
inconvenient to attend. 

William McAvoy has been named 
Club treasurer, Ben Amsterdam re- 
signing under pressure of other 
work. McAvoy has been House Com- 
mittee chairman. 

Treasurers Under IATSE 

Treasurers division of the Theat- 
rical Managers, Agents and Treas- 
urers Union is now under the juris- 
diction of the IATSE, it was learned 
this week. The theatrical union will 
now call itself the TMA instead of 
the TMAT. 


Phillips Holmes 

Dan Totheroh 

Fernando Mendez 

UDT Restoring Vaude 
To Detroit's Michigan 

Detroit — The Michigan Theater, 
ace house of United Detroit circuit, 
returns to vaudeville policy Friday 
with Gene Krupa's band headlining 
the first show. The Harper, major 
neighborhood house operated by 
Wisper & Wetsman Circuit, has 
shifted from full week to two-day 
week-end bills, but will return to 
full-week stage shows in the Fall. 

John Barrymore Stays On 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — John Barrymore stays 
at 20th-Fox for another. 

commc and come 

BRYAN FOY arrives in Hollywood today a 
attending the Democratic convention. 

DEL GOODMAN, Far East manager for 2( 
Fox, arrived on the Coast over the week- 
from the Orient. 

EDWARD A. GOLDEN, general sales man, 
of Monogram, goes to Florida today to add 
the Southeastern Theater Owners tomorrow^ 
at their Jacksonville convention. 


}n ,f 

WILLIAM C. GEHRINC, Central division ,r 
ager for 20th-Fox, returned to the home of 
Saturday from a week's business trip ' 

BEN MIGGINS, European manager for 2( 
Fox, left New York Saturday to spend a coi 
of weeks with friends on the Coast. 

ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHNS returned to r 
lywood yesterday after attending the Democr, 
convention in Chicago. 

D. B. LEDERMAN, Philippine manager 
20th-Fox, left New York over the week- 
after home office conferences to spend 
remainder of his vacation in this country 
the Coast. 

FRANCIS HARMON, of the MPPDA staff, 
for the Coast Friday night. 

JAMES ROOSEVELT flew to Hollywood 5 

LEON JANNEY left New York yesterday 

TOM RUTHERFORD returned to New Y 
Friday from Hollywood. 

TERRY TURNER, exploitation manager 
RKO Radio, returned to the home office 
day after a two-and-one-half week's tour 
the field. 

Operators' Contract 
Talked in Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh— The ITO of Westei 
Pennsylvania is negotiating with tl 
Operators' Union for a new contra 
to replace the existing one which e: 
pires in August. 

The exhibitors' committee consis 
of Dr. C. E. Herman and Alex Moor 
Local 171 is represented by Lav 
rence J. Katz, Luther Thompson ar 
Lou Indo. 

'It's time 
you knew ^ 
about these 
things, dear!" j§ 
You must see M 



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Coming Soon! 

CJamed S/rlrtist, Cyaul ^tUebb, gives you his conception oj the (zJolowers, ihose simple-minded } oiks 
from ^)oon i^own who Jtght Jor hje, liberty, ana engage in the pursuit oj happiness in that 
glorious { *JJrama of Qsoctal Csnstgnijicance, Cyaramount s Loinm cKound the ^fflountatn. 

Jerry Colonna . . ."Disgusting folks? Where are they going? 
Not California, I hope." 

Bob Burns . . ."Now, professor, stop sayin' things 'bout my kin folk. 
They ain't again' to Californy. They're just leavin' for the 
openin' of the feudin' season up in Dead Skunk Creek." 





by Lewis R. Foster, Maxwell Shane and Duke Atteberry • Based on a Story by Lewis R. Foster • A Paramount Picture 



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Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures 

Monday, July 22, 


Metro Retaining Code 
Concessions in Pacts 

{Continued from Fage 1) 

entirely satisfactory, sales executives 
say, and will be continued. 

Requests for exercising the op- 
tional arbitration clause for the set- 
tling of contract disputes have been 
practically nil. In fact, one top exec, 
said he could not remember any re- 
quests for its use. Whether exhibi- 
tors took advantage of the cancel- 
lation privileges cannot be deter- 
mined until the end of the season, 
but indications are that M-G-M has 
had few cancellation requests. 

Selectroslide Transfers 
Headquarters to Coast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Selectroslide Co. of 
America has transferred its national 
headquarters to Hollywood, opening 
offices at 8630-32 Sunset Blvd. It 
maintains branch offices in New 
York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Wash- 
ington, Baltimore, Hartford, San 
Francisco and Portland. 

It is national distributor for Se- 
lectroslide, an automatic projector 
using 35 mm. Kodachrome slides in 
natural color with or without sound. 
The device projects pictures from a 
tiny slide to as large as 20 by 30 
feet. Services of the company in- 
clude the writing of story continuity 
for sound recordings, the making of 
discs, photographic sequences in color 
and complete preparation of colored 
slides for advertising purposes, sales 
promotion, educational use or enter- 

Officers are John Sirigo, president; 
E. W. Calvin, vice-president in charge 
of sales; M. Hawley Mertz, director 
of advertising; Spide Rathburn, in- 
dustrial sales division; Virginia Wil- 
son, secretary and treasurer in 
charge of public relations; Ruth 
Ringgold, technical promotion de- 
partment; Lela Nevins, resort and 
travel bureau division. 

Conn. MPTO Meets Today 

New Haven— Connecticut MPTO 
will hold a regular luncheon-meeting 
at 12:30 p.m., today, at Ceriani's 
Cafe Mellone, with Arthur H. Lock- 
wood presiding. 


Herman Fuchs, Pathe News music 
editor, and the former Jessie Lebson 
were married yesterday at the Hotel 
Pierre. Mr. and Mrs. Fuchs left fol- 
lowing the ceremony for a motor 
trip to California, planning to return 
about the middle of September. 

New Haven — I. J. Hoffman, War- 
ner theater department zone mana- 
ger for Connecticut and Massachu- 
setts theaters, and Mrs. Hoffman 
have announced the engagement of 
their daughter, Edith, to Gerald 
Steinberg, Bridgeport attorney. 



• • • YOU hear a lot these days about the telephone num- 
ber salaries paid to Hollywood stars and featured players 

and how they should be trimmed to compensate for the 

loss of foreign revenue For instance, Edward Small the other day 

asserted that a person who was worth $100,000 per picture 

six months ago today is actually worth about $60,000 

Whether that is the case is a question for a couple of other 

fellows to argue about But at this distance from Hollywood 

Phil M. can see why it won't be the easiest thing 

In the world war or no war to reduce those top stellar 


T T T 

• • • ASK almost any exec and you'll be told candidly 

that stellar salaries are determined by the law 

of supply and demand You'll be told by several with 

equal candor that there are only a score some say less 

of first-quality "names" that exhibitors demand them 

and that's that Not too long ago a certain studiv 

head tried to bring forward some new faces of ex- 
ceptional promise He felt that the industry needed 

fresh stellar blood and that his plan would develop it 

But from, the East came a cry to call a halt The sales 

force in the field was reporting exhib. dissatisfaction 

the showmen wanted "names" with proven b.o. pulling power 

And the customer being always right (?) the studio 

revamped its program forgot about the new faces and 

went after bigger and better stars 

T T T 

• • • YET. remember, it's the exhibition arm of film biz 

which cries loudest against telephone number salaries 

and the higher terms for pix they necessarily entail While on the 

theater's relationship to the star salary matter we listened 

while a gent with both theater and distribution background 

argued the other day that today's lack of "names" stems 

from the fact that the theater situation has changed materially 

with the advent of the "B" and "C" first-run houses 

T T T 
O e • IN the era when theaters were building up person- 
alities our friend pointed out every theater in a com- 
munity or city except the subsequent runs was an "A" 

house playing usually the program of a company 

whether good, bad or indifferent Thus a house played, say 

Wally Reid, Charlie Ray, Doug Fairbanks and the fol- 
lowing week may have had an Elsie Ferguson or Bebe 

Daniels It is theorized that the public took for granted 

an unknown must be definitely a star otherwise the 

theater would not play the picture while in subsequent 

pictures the new personality was quickly and fully 


T T T 

• • • IN contrast, attention is called to the theater map in 

the average town today with exhibition controlled by one or more 

circuits There is an "A" house playing "pick and choose" 

pix of all or nearly all companies There is a "B" theater 

for border-line product And there is a slough house 

Such a condition, it is contended makes quick development 

of new personalities impossible because regardless of how good 

a picture is it very seldom, if ever finds an "A" showing 

unless it has established "names" Which in effect says 

that "B" and "C" outlets are not star-builders Anyone 

want to debate the issue? 

New York Allied 
Invading Jersey 

(Continued from Page 1) 

day, New York Allied's execu 
committee, headed by President 
A. Cohen, approved the proposa 
become a part of the MPTOA. 
ceptance of the New York 
previously had been acted upo d i 
the national body. 

New School Pix Compan 
Planning Key Branches 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DA 
Hollywood — Willard J. Lai- 
Fred Weller, Merl Connell and B 
Evans have formed Educatione < 
Distributing Co. of Hollywood a 
offices at 6018 Fountain Ave. 
organization will distribute cl 
room shorts and features covei | 
the entire educational field, and J 
the product is to be done in 16 i| 

Educationettes plans to estab a 
branch offices in all the key cil| 
Selling season will get under wa; 
August. Thirty-six pictures are 
year's schedule, four of which 
finished and ready for release, 
eluding a special, "Walpi," wl 
was directed by Fred Weller. I 
Evans will be in charge of the L 
office and will handle the publici 

Canadian Propaganda I 
Into 800 Aussy Theaters 

Montreal — "Atlantic Patrol," 1 
depicting the work of the R( 
Canadian Navy on Atlantic con J 
duty, will be shown in 800 Austra 3 
theaters, J. A. MacKinnon, chain n 
of the National Film Board, 
nounces. The film was issued by « 
National Film Board in co-opera ti 
with Director of Public Informa' a 
and has been seen in 400 Canac 3 
theaters. It is booked for 200 m \ 

Bell & Howell Interestec 
In Slot Machine Market' 

Chicago — Manufacturers of I 
mm. equipment here, including ] J 
& Howell, are reported experirm - 
ing with slot machine movies. 

Stuart Leaves Midwest 

Detroit — Frank E. Stuart, h 
booker of the Midwest Circuit 
manager of the Majestic Thea 
has resigned. Midwest is movl 
Larry Nyberg from the Garden 3 
the Majestic to take Stuart's rl 
with George Mitchell, lately repla 1 
by "Buddy" Graham as manager i 
the Forest, moving to the Gardei 


Omaha — Charlie Lieb, Metro sa 
man, is the proud father of a t 
It's the Liebs' first child. 


day, July 22, 1940 


TOA Convention 
ills 250 Exhibs. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
,s session this morning at the 
l>rge Washington Hotel. Yester- 
's program was wholly social, 
in this morning's agenda are a 
miing address by Mayor George 
'me; a talk on "Why Can't We 
B the Producers to Florida?" by 
/.-Elect Spessard L. Holland; "The 

ttion Picture Industry Can Help 
,-pare," by U. S. Sen. Claude Pep- 
; "Exhibitor Relations," by H. 

! Richey of RKO Radio; "National 
•operative Effort," by Ed Kuyken- 

i 1, president of the MPTOA; "The 

' titution and the Common Ground," 
ude Lee, public relations, Para- 

■ unt-Publix; "What Does the Fu- 

|e Hold for the Industry?" by 

lick" Lewis of Showman's Trade 

riew. The only other business of 

morning session will be the ap- 

| ntment of committees, 
'omorrow's speakers and their 
jects are: "Questions and An- 
rs on Admission Tax," by Louis 

i Gravely, Jr., U. S. Treasury 

| it; "Goodwill Between Exhibitors 
I City Officials," by J. L. Cart- 

( ght, public relations, Sparks The- 
rs; "A New Plan for Advertising 
:essories," by George F. Dembow, 
a-president, National Screen Ser- 
3; "National Legislative Merry- 
Round," by Nat Williams, 
imasville, Ga., exhibitor; "Obser- 
ions on National Exhibitor Prob- 
is," by Oscar C. Lam, Rome, Ga., 

"'cibitor; "Extemporaneous Talk 
1 Highlights," by Mitchell Wolf- 
, Miami, Fla., exhibitor; "Co- 
5 ration Between Circuits and In- 
•endents," by R. B. Wilby, Para- 

- unt affiliated exhibitor; "The Fu- 
e of Independent Producers," by 
■ lie Golden, president, Monogram 
1 tures. 
Committee reports, nomination and 
;tion of new officers, and other 
inished business will be taken up 

-'"the close of the morning session 

\ >G Regulations Get 
:cking of AFRA Board 

Screen Actors Guild regulations 
- agents who operate in New York 
y and its environs will shortly 
rate in an extension of the pro- 
m put into effect on the West 
ist last winter. Agents have been 
en the period between July 5 and 
gust 5 to make application for 
nchises, with the applications to 
acted upon by the SAG by Aug- 
i.FRA Board has pledged support 
the SAG in the above movement, 
il has issued a warning to all mem- 
is to observe the franchises in any 
I lings they may have with agents, 
lowing is a list of agents now 
• ler franchise to the SAG: Colum- 
i Management Corp.; Leland Hey- 
-'-rd, Inc.; Lou Irwin, Inc.; William 
"bling; A. & S. Lyons, Inc.; Wil- 
>-n Morris Agency; MCA; NBC 
| :ists Service; Myron Selznick; 
lis Shurr, and Rudy Vallee Or- 
stra Units. 

Further Salvage 

In co-operation with the American 
Film Center, Marie Seton and Kenneth 
Macgowan will turn out a Mexican 
archaeological picture, using Eisenstein 
footage left over in the editing of "Time 
in the Sun," which World Pictures will 
release in September. First Eisenstein 
Mexican film, "Thunder in the Sun," 
used only a small portion of the more 
than 100,000 feet the Russian director- 
producer shot. 

Famous Players Canadian 
1940 Earnings Reported Up 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the year are reported slightly higher. 
Earnings in 1939 for the period were 
equal to $2.09 per share on the com- 

Unless there is a much greater 
increase in earnings this year than 
looked for, the company will be sub- 
ject to the minimum 30 per cent 
Dominion corporation tax, as com- 
pared with 18 per cent in 1939. Near- 
ly $240,000 was paid in taxes last 
year, while an increase of $100,000 
is taxed this year on the basis of 

1939 earnings. The increased taxes 
have been about offset so far this 
year by the higher theater atten- 

Provided the improvement contin- 
ues at the same level for balance of 
the year, net profit should be about 
the same as in 1939. No difficulty is 
anticipated in continuing the higher 
dividend rate of $1 per share annual- 
ly established last year. It was the 
first year since 1932 this amount was 
paid, comparing with 80 cents in 
the previous year. 

There will be a small saving this 
year on bond interest, although this 
may be more than offset by higher 
dividend requirements due to the is- 
suing of further capital stock. Total 
of $700,000 series "A" bonds were 
retired June 1, reducing the amount 
outstanding to $350,000. This 
probably means a reduction of about 
$12,500 in debt charges for the final 
six months of the year and twice as 
much in the full 12 months of 1941. 

On the other hand, capital out- 
standing increased by about $350,000 
to $4,400,000 during 1939 and divi- 
dend requirements by about $96,000. 
A further 5,000 shares were sold for 
$75,000 in January last, while two 
blocks of 11,000 shares each are 
under option to be taken up July 15, 

1940 and 1941. 

Baker Named Chairman 
Of New Tele Committee 

Chicago — W. R. G. Baker, chair- 
man of the engineering section of 
the Radio Manufacturer's Ass'n, and 
research chief for General Electric, 
has been named chairman of the new 
National Television Systems Com- 
mittee which is being formed by the 
FCC under the auspices of the RMA. 

Members of the new committee 
will be announced after the individual 
nominees of various tele interests 
are submitted, James S. Knowlson, 
RMA prexy, stated. 

"Chad Hanna" in Dye- Vat? 

Hollywood — Twentieth-Fox may 
dip "Chad Hanna" in the dye-vat. 

Quality Pix Needed, 
Says N. M. Schenck 

(Continued from Page 1) 

cussed 'Boom Town,' it is a rarity 
for a great entertainment in itself 
to have in addition four drawing 
stars such as Clark Gable, Spencer 
Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy 
Lamarr. But the public will tell 
exhibitors whether they are willing 
to pay advanced admission prices. 
While our sales executives have 
found out that various theater man- 
agers and circuit heads believe a 
high admission price should be 
charged for 'Boom Town,' neverthe- 
less we have decided to conduct a 
few test experiments in advance of 
the regular release in order to make 
certain that the course we recom- 
mend to those who have contracted 
for the picture is the wisest. 

"After all, an important question 
is at stake which is whether we can 
afford to repeat the process of 
grouping outstanding stars in one 
picture such as we have done on 
'Boom Town.' The results in reve- 
nue alone will determine this." 

Chance for House Action 
On Neely's Bill Slight 

(Continued from Page 1) 

committee left Washington for the 
political conventions and visits home 
and no attention has been given the 
bill during the recess. 

The opinion of those closest to the 
situation is that the measure will 
not receive attention this session as 
the legislators will be engrossed in 
national defense and political ques- 
tions. A substitute bill will require 
more time to work out than the com- 
mittee members are prepared to de- 
vote to it now. 

The proposal to incorporate in the 
bill a provision restricting block- 
selling to groups of five pictures is 
given slight chance of acceptance. 
Abram F. Myers, Allied general 
counsel, is on record as opposed to 
any such plan. 

Patriotic Service Duties 
Taking Blank to Capitol 

(Continued from Page 1) 

week-end, said that motion picture 
co-operation with the Government 
was on a strictly non-commercial 
basis and that leaders will donate 
their time. Americanization will be 
features widely in the coming cam- 
paign and the picture industry has 
offered the Government full use of 
its branches to aid in the war de- 
partments national defense pro- 

Regional conference of Paramount 
partners and theater operating as- 
sociates in Atlantic City over the 
week-end called Barney Balaban, 
Leon Netter, Leonard Goldenson, 
Sam Dembow, R. J. O'Donnell, E. V. 
Richards, Robert Wilby, H. F. Kincy, 
Robert Lucas, Sam Pianski and Mar- 
tin Mullin. 


"Boys of the City" 

with Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Dave O'Brien 
Monogram 63 Mins. 


Produced on a low budget, and without 
any names in the cast, producer Sam Katz- 
man deserves credit for whipping together 
an entertaining program offering that should 
go over with audiences. Picture has a house 
with secret passages, a murder, gangsters 
and plenty of hocus pocus and laughs all 
rolled together. Although the film has a 
serious theme, the comedy aspects keep it 
from ever really becoming serious. 

Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey and a collec- 
tion of Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids, 
Dead Enders and what not comprise the 
bulk of the cast, with Dave O'Brien and 
Vince Barnett materially helping things out. 
Joe Louis directed from a screenplay by 
William Lively. Faced with the alternative 
of going to jail for trouble making or go- 
ing to a wealthy man's Summer camp, Dave 
O'Brien, a reformed gangster who is the 
guardian of the "gang", persuades the boys 
to go to the camp. 

On the way they get mixed with gang- 
sters, a house with secret panels and pas- 
sageways, a murder and a few other items. 
There is plenty of excitement, action and 
lots of laughs before everything is un- 

CAST: Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Dave 
O'Brien, Vince Barnett, George Humbert, 
Hally Chester, Sunshine Sammy, Frankie 

CREDITS: Producer, Sam Katzman; Direc- 
tor, Joe Lewis; Screenplay, William Lively; 
Cameraman, Robert Kline; Editor, Carl Pier- 


"When Daltons Rode" 
Debuts in Coffey ville. Kan. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Universal will hold 
world premiere of "When the Daltons 
Rode" in Coffeyville, Kan., Thurs- 
day. On Friday the picture will also 
be given a gala premiere in Kansas 
City. Director George E. Marshall, 
Frank Albertson, Constance Moore, 
Peggy Moran and Mrs. Emmet Dal- 
ton, widow of the Dalton who wrote 
the book on which picture is based, 
will attend both openings. 

Picked for "Forsythe Saga" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Metro will make "The 
Forsythe Saga" with Greer Garson, 
Maureen O'Sullivan, Ann Ruther- 
ford, Heather Angel and Marsha 

Muni Nixes "High Sierra" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — ■ Paul Muni nixing 
"High Sierra" in favor of "Life of 
Beethoven," Humphrey Bogart goes 
into the former at WB. 

Burdeott Found Dead 

Windsor, Ont. — Missing for sev- 
eral days, G. S. Burdeott, local the- 
ater manager was found dead in the 
woods near Parry Sound. 


Monday, July 22, 

Gov't Asks "Trial 
Period" for Decree 

(Continued from Page 1) 

such a "trial period" there be no 
theater expansion by affiliated cir- 
cuits — a hint that the D of J is still 
mindful that the suit's objective is 
the divorcement of exhibition from 
production and distribution. 

It was also reported that any con- 
sent decree worked out would not 
effect existing long-term distribution 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Department oj 
Justice said Friday night: "The New 
York equity suit is in conference and 
that is all we can say about it." A 
D of J spokesman said comment was 
scarce because the situation may change 
from day to day as the conferences 

contracts, unless such agreements 
could be modified by mutual consent 
Majors accepting such a decree are 
not bound to alter standing agree- 
ments; and there is no way of in- 
validating or nullifying such agree- 
ments, it was said. 

Memorandums on all subjects mak- 
ing up the basis of a consent decree 
were being studied by major coun- 
sel and executives over the week-end, 
with a number of reports indicating 
that a final showdown one way or an- 
other will come early this week. 

$100-$200 Tele Receivers 
Would Find Ready Market 

Despite the fact that commercial 
tele is still in the future and pro- 
grams are none too plentiful, the 
public is ready to plank down $100 
to $200 for tele receivers, according 
to a survey conducted at the World's 
Fair by National Newspaper Enter- 
prises under Harry Gordon's direc- 

Fifty-six per cent interviewed said 
they would be willing to pay $100 
for a combination tele-radio receiver, 
37 per cent would pay $200 and 
12 per cent, $300. Forty-four per 
cent said they would buy such re- 
ceivers, if offered, this year, 25 per 
cent in 1941, and 31 per cent in 

Eighty-eight per cent indicated a 
belief that tele had improved since 
last year. Program preferences, in 
order, are: Music, sports, stage plays, 
news events, films, political talks, 
education. Symphonic music is a 3-1 
favorite over jazz; favorite sports 
are baseball, football, boxing. 

Democrat "Willkie" 
Proves Para.'s Lee 

Chicago — No, sir, that wasn't Wen- 
dell Willkie, COP presidential nominee, 
wearing a delegate's badge at the Demo- 
ratic convention here last week. It 
was only Willkie's double, Claude F. Lee, 
Paramount public relations man and an 
alternate from Florida. Florida also 
provided the convention with a Duchess 
of Windsor double in Mrs. Robert H. 
Hill, a delegate. Chicago cameramen 
had a field day. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 

/^EORGE PAL. Born in Celgled, Hungary, 1908. Attended an Academy in 
^^ Budapest, where he won his degree in Architecture. After leaving school, 
entered cartoon work. Did several cartoons for 
Hunnia Films Company, Budapest. Went to Ber- 
lin, where he was head of the cartoon department 
of UFA. Went to Paris, where he devised a third 
dimensional effect to be used in the making of 
"Puppettoons," which employ plastic figures 
against actual sets. Established his own studio in 
Eindhoven, Holland, where he produced several ad- 
vertisng "Puppettoons," in Technicolor for lead- 
ing English, Dutch and French firms. Will pro- 
duce a series of cartoons in Technicolor, in Holly- 
wood, for release by Paramount as "Merry Models." 
His initial effort will be an American Western, 
based on a story by Victor McLeod. 

Report Higher Admissions Monogram to Have Three 

For Michigan Blocked 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tribs. in the territory are pressing 
for longer runs for top-budget films 
next season, and this, together with 
the fact that fewer pictures in the 
"B" class will be available, leads 
exhibs. to say that about the only 
"out" for them next season is to 
boost admissions. 

Distribs. who sold high but de- 
livered low this season are working 
out new deals on a basis of a purge 
of the unplayed, unproductive fea- 
tures, thus encouraging exhibs. to 
tilt his b.o. scale without consequent 
loss of trade because of a backlog 
of old product. 

But exhibs. are now questioning 
whether price jumps would be sin- 
gled out for attack by Dickinson, 
who says he will ask the newly or- 
ganized State Defense Council to 
war against "profiteers." Appar- 
ently, as Dickinson sees it, that term 
applies to all those who follow a 
new tax with a price rise. 

Thus far, Michigan theaters gen- 
erally have only added the amount 
of the new Federal tax to the ad- 
mission price; instances where the 
house sought a "breakage" are com- 
paratively few. 

Features in Full Color 

Rights Controversy Won't 
Stymie UA's "Pastor Hall" 

Controversy over the screen rights 
to "Pastor Hall" will not affect the 
distribution of the picture, according 
to Fitelson & Mayer, attorneys for 
Grand National Pictures, Ltd., the 
producer. United Artists, which will 
distribute "Pastor Hall," has mapped 
out an extensive campaign for the 
picture. James Roosevelt acquired 
the production from Jeffrey Bernerd 
who brought it over from England. 

According to Leslie Kirsch, at- 
torney for George Garfield who is 
the administrator of the estate of 
Ernest Toller, author of the story, 
the picture was made before the 
rights were acquired. 

M-G-M Casts Walter Pidgeon 

Hollywood — M-G-M has assigned 
Walter Pidgeon to "Flight Com- 
mand," next Robert Taylor starrer. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Eastern regional meeting at the 
Barbizon Plaza Hotel. Titles of the 
three color features are "Gypsy 
Cavalier," starring Gilbert Roland, 
to be made in Cinecolor; '"Black 
Stallion" and "College Sweetheart." 
Forty representatives from seven 
branches and the home office at- 
tended the meetings Friday and Sat- 
urday. Golden, who presided, said 
stellar personalities, including 
Charles Bickford, Gilbert Roland, 
Irene Rich and Boris Karloff, would 
be seen in Monogram's 1940-41 pro- 
gram. The Renfrew series, Golden 
said, was a big success, adding that 
the presence of the star, James Ne- 
will, on the Ford radio hour was 
giving this group of pictures new 

"One Big Union" Plan Gets 
Equity Council's Approval 

(Continued from Page 1) 

went on record as being in favor of 
the "one big union" plan, and ac- 
cepted majority of the recommen- 
dations in the report, but it was 
stated that the Council rejected 
some of the points. 

It is expected that Equity's de- 
cision in accepting the report in 
principle will have a bearing on 
similar action scheduled to be taken 
shortly by other unions affiliated 
with the AAAA. 


Consent Deadline Aug. \ 

^■^^ By L. H. MITCHELL -=J 

RKO to File Rental 
Suit Against J, L & S 

Chicago — RKO attorneys advised 
at the week-end that a film rental 
suit against Jones, Linick & Schaef- 
er circuit will be filed in Federal 
Court this week. Unplayed RKO film 
in the deal by which RKO film went 
to the Oriental upon closing of the 
Palace for the Summer as basis of 
the suit, it was reported. 

Oakie for "Tin Pan Alley" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Jack Oakie has been 
signed by 20th-Fox for the lead in 
"Tin Pan Alley." Kenneth Mac- 
gowan will produce. 


Arnold reported to have set an J\ 
1 deadline for consent decree fa 
entered. Gov't agents were sta 
see progress in consent parleys,* ; 
arbitration and block-booking clai 
shaping up. At week-end de. 
proposals were stated to be ui 
study by major execs, and their c< 

* * * 

survey revealed that exhibitors i 
getting 385 of the 413 feati 
promised by the producers in t 
announcements for 1939-40. 
tures for 1340-41 completed by 
majors total 60, with 41 other; i 
various stages of production. 

* * * 

THIS AND THAT: New the;! 
building and reconstruction for i 
first half of the year totalled $ I 
071,000, according to survey mad< j 
John and Drew Eberson . . . At h 1 
ing of Westway Theater's apj J 
from dismissal of its anti-trust 5 q 
defense attorneys defended clears 
. . . RKO entered fight film Id 
with the Jenkins-Armstrong bout . 
B & K television to be ready by i j 
of the new year . . . Ohio ITO bf s 
Samuel Goldwyn's crusade aga [ 
blcck-booking, over production ■ 
duals . . . Metro marks time in « 
ing pic to suburbans. Howard D i 
avers there will be no cut in qua i 
of Metro pix . . . Blame for droji 
b.o. receipts in Ohio blamed on I 
defense tax . . . SAG and Gulf il 
renew radio show pact for benefi f 
M. P. Relief Fund . . . ITOA out \ 1* 
plea to increase rentals for first-i j 
and drop them for subsequents 
ACLU reports drop in censorship u 
terference with the showing of i 
. . . NBC to get new television cl» 
nel . . . Five remaining Cocalis 1 4 
aters may go to an independent I 
cuit operator . . . Walter War i 
proposes that film actors, wvim 
and directors work on a percent I 
salary basis . . . George Hirlii j 
will make 4 pix at the Colonr 4 
studios in Miami . . . Monog ft 
weighs unit production. 


EUROPE: U. S. pix exemj 
from British exchange order v 
Oct. 31 . . . Free Nazi feature.'! 
the Balkans hits U. S. pix biz th 

* * * 

DOMINIONS: SRO reported 
950 Canadian theaters in camp? 
to raise $1,000,000 war fund; figifl 
reached was $800,000 . . . Gcri 
Ellis reports Australian biz good h 
Merger of Hoys and GUT Austra I 
circuits finalized. 

Paramount Buys Novel 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM D/ 

Hollywood — Para, has bor 

screen rights to C. S. Forrest 
novel, "The Captain from Con: 
ticut," and is negotiating for G 
Cooper to play the lead. 

M l» »M*{1I> A 13 l ST 

Ti'ntimate in Character 
nternational in Scope 
' ndependent in Thought 




The Daily Newspaper 
Oi Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

)L. 78. NO. 16 




Sees China Great Potential Market lor UL S. Pix 

oast Refugees Carry Love 
•f Films to the Hinterland, 
ays Goodman, Fox Exec. 



Hollywood — The hinterland of 
lina 'with its 400,000,000 prospec- 
:e motion picture customers offers 
great potential market for Amer- 
■an pictures, according to Del Good- 
an, Far East manager of 20th Cen- 
ry-Fox who arrived here yesterday. 
The Chinese, forced into the 
nterland from their ports and cities 
■ the Japanese invaders, are bring- 
( Continued on Page 4 ) 

une Admission Tax 
olleclions Higher 

i'tas'rington Bu cau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Admission tax eol- 

• .ctions in June increased over the 

month of last year, but drop- 

I :d from the May, 1940, figures, the 

itemal Revenue Bureau reported 

erday. June, 1940, admission 

xes were reported at $1,645,603.31 

(Continued on Page 8) 


*eorge Bagnall Resigns 
is Para. Studio Manager 

st Coast B»-cau of THE. ■'■'!." PHY 

Hollywood — George L. Bagnall, 
ice-president and executive studio 
lanager, has resigned from Para- 
lount. He will take a vacation in 
anada before announcing his plans. 


ATAHT Lichs Heat, 

Stays 4th at M.H. 

Warners' ATAHT will stay a fourth 
week at Radio City Music Hall, it was 
announced yesterday. The picture is the 
third in the history of the theater to run 
longer than three weeks, its predecessors 
being "Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs," which stayed five, and "Re- 
becca," which earlier this season hung 
up a six weeks' record. It is estimated 
that in its first three weeks, ATAHT 
will do about $293,000 at the Hall. Pic- 
ture's showing in the face of the cur- 
rent torrid wave is rated sensational. 

In nine other situations, film has been 
held for a third. These are: Providence, 
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, Cin- 
cinnati, Denver, Boston, Louisville and 


Will File No Formal Motion 
for Suit's Dismissal 

Immediately following yesterday's 
adjournment by Federal Judge Henry 
W. Goddard of the New York equity 
action until Oct. 7, a spokesman for 
the so-called "Little Three," — United 
Artists, Columbia and Universal, — 
reiterated the stand of these com- 
panies that they will not be parties 
to a consent decree, and, further, that 
they are determined to bring the case 
to trial. 

Inflexibility of this position, it was 
declared, is indicated by the fact that 
no formal motion will be made by the 
non-theater-operating defendants for 
a dismissal of the Government's com- 
plaint against them. 

"When Oct. 7 comes around," the 

(Continued on Page 8) 

New Tele Channels 
Assigned DuMont, CBS 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The FCC yesterday 
confirmed previous tentative approv- 
al of applications by Allen B. Du- 
Mont Laboratories, Inc., for televi- 
sion stations for Washington, D. C, 
and New York City. 

The commission also authorized 
DuMont and CBS to start television 
broadcasts under the new promotion- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Equity Trial Over to Oct. 7; Some Consent Decree 
Subjects Still Present "Great Difficulties"; Court 
Ready to Interrupt Vacation if Agreement Reached 

Presaging a successful conclusion to settlement discussions of 
the New York equity action, the Government yesterday obtained 
an adjournment of the suit's trial to Oct. 7. Federal Judge Henry 

W. Goddard in granting the applica- 
tion advised Special Assistant At- 
torney General J. Stephen Doyle 
that he would be available during 
his vacation for consideration of any 
consent decree submitted for his ap- 

The report of Doyle, although ad- 
mitting several difficulties which 
have arisen, was the most optimistic 
to date. Highly reliable sources had 
previously stated that a long ad- 
journment would be the tipoff that 
negotiation sare proceeding in a 
satisfactory fashion and that the 
odds would heavily favor a settle- 

"Substantial Agreement" 

Doyle's statement to the Court 

"The Government, with the 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Kuykendall Sees Tax 
Exemption Near End 

FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 
Jacksonville, Fla. — Although pre- 
dicting that the Neely bill was dead 
as a door nail, Ed Kuykendall, 
MPTOA prexy, told members at- 
tending the opening business ses- 
sion of the SETOA convention here 
yesterday that the industry would 
receive more attention from Wash- 
ington in the future and if it did not 
put its house in order, the Govern- 
ment would step in and do this for 

The salvation of the industry, 
Kuykendall said, depends upon na- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Britain Abandons "Dumps" 
For Advance Shipments 

London (By Air Mail) — The pro- 
posal to set up film "dumps" in vari- 
ous parts of the United Kingdom has 
been abandoned as too costly and in- 
volving too much mechanical diffi- 
culty in the handling. 

The KRS has evolved a new plan 
to meet any emergency that may 
arise due to war or invasion. Plan 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Terms Slow Detroit Buying 

Branches See Biz Boom, Ask Higher Rentals 

Five Studios Start Six 
Productions This Week 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Six pictures are sched- 
uled to go into production this week. 
The list: 

At M-G-M: "Third Finger— Left 
Hand," with Myrna Loy, Melvyn 
Douglas, Bonita Granville, Felix 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Detroit — Detroit's buying season 
is practically at a standstill to date, 
checkup of major offices indicates. 

Back of the situation is the gen- 
eral tendency to demand increased 
rentals, which is nation-wide, plus the 
local circumstance that distributors 
are largely basing demands for ren- 
tals here upon the expectation that 
this city is in for a major boom, 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Against Automatics 

Pittsburgh — First territorial mass 
meeting to draft plans to combat 
16 mm. opposition via slot machine 
projectors will be held here at an 
early date, it was learned yesterday. 

Behind the move is Allied's West- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

New York University Halts 
Documentary Production 

New York University's Education- 
al Film Institute has suddenly 
halted production of documentary 

(Continued on Page 4) 

41 Chi. Theaters 

Nous Use Premiums 

Chicago — Premiums came back with 
a bang, over the week-end, 41 Chicago 
theaters advertising, ovenware, glass- 
ware, ruby ware, dinner ware and enamel 
ware, but cutlery now conspicious by 
its absence. 


Tuesday, July 23, 

Vol. 78, No. 16 Tues., July 23, 1940 10 Cents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
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Non-Existent Censor 
Pay Rise in La. Vetoed 

Baton Rouge, La. — Governor Sam- 
uel H. Jones has vetoed an 
amendment passed through the legis- 
lature which would have raised the 
salaries of a non-existent censor 
board. The original censor law, how- 
ever, passed at the order of the late 
Huey Long, and never enforced, re- 
mains on the book and can be put 
into effect at any time. 

Tax Slowing Biz 
Of Alliance Chain 

Chicago — Opposition to the new 
Federal admission tax is being en- 
countered in the Illinois-Indiana- 
Wisconsin territory served by Al- 
liance Theater Corp., according to 
John J. Doerr of the circuit. In some 
towns, the new tax is blamed for 
a 5 to 10 per cent drop in b.o. biz. 
Extreme warm weather in Indiana 
is also slowing up attendance. 

Circuit's Managers' Summer drive 
is in progress with average results, 
Doerr reports. Campaign closes Aug. 

Check on pulling power of attrac- 
tions shows war films without ap- 
peal in Alliance territory. 

'The Ramparts We Watch' 
Set for 18 Major Cities 

Following its world premiere in 
Washington tonight, March of Time's 
"The Ramparts We Watch" will open 
in 18 important cities during the 
next three weeks. 

Cities in which the picture has 
been booked, aside from the Wash- 
ington engagement, include Denver, 
Boston, Des Moines, New Orleans, 
Omaha, Chicago Los Angeles Tren- 
ton, Cleveland, San Francisco Colum- 
bus, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Wat- 
erloo, Sioux City and Marshalltown. 

Invited audience will see a private 
preview in the Grand Ball Room of 
the Waldorf-Astoria tomorrow night. 

Official Washington 

To See "Ramparts" Tonight 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington, D. C— Official Wash- 
ington will turn out for the world 
premiere of March of Time's first 
feature film, "The Ramparts We 
Watch," this evening at the RKO 
Keith's Theater. 

Among those expected at the pre- 
miere are Secretary of War Frank 
Knox, Rear Admiral A. W. Johnson, 
of the U. S. Navy, Senator Carter 
Glass, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Gener- 
al John J. Pershing, General Hugh 
Johnson, Boake Carter, Walter Lipp- 
mann, Mark Sullivan, Ned E. Depinet, 
Andy W. Smith, Louis De Roche- 
mont, Roy Larsen, William Geer and 
Al Sindlinger. 

Following the showing Mrs. De 
Rochemont will be hostess to the 
press at a reception at the Carlton 

Columbia to Pay 68 % Cents 

Columbia's Board of Directors has 
declared a regular quarterly dividend 
of 68% cents per share on the $2.75 
convertible preferred stock, payable 
Aug. 15, to stockholders of record 
Aug. 1. 

William Arnold Expires 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — William R. Arnold, 57, 
film and stage character actor, died 
here. His last appearance for the 
screen was in "The Dictator," forth- 
coming Chaplin production. 

Frank Ford Extends 
Triples to Evanslon 

Chicago — Frank Ford, plaintiff in 
a pending anti-trust action (clear- 
ance) against B & K and the majors, 
is testing triples at the Stadium 
Theater, Evanston. It's the first 
outbreak in the de luxe residential 
district along the North Shore. 

Loew's Net for 40 Weeks 
Reported at $7,996,394 

Loew's, Inc., yesterday reported 
for the 40 weeks ended June 6, net 
income of $7,996,394 after deprecia- 
tion, taxes and reserves for contin- 
gencies, equal to $4.39 an average 
common share. This compares with 
net of $8,173,060, or $4.62 a common 
share for the same 1939 period. 

The company's share of operating 
profit after subsidiaries' preferred 
dividends amounted to $15,594,078, 
as compared with $14,271,675 for the 
same 1939 period. Depreciation and 
taxes for the 40 weeks ended June 
6, amounted to $4,497,684, , against 
$4,478,615 for the 40 weeks ended 
June 8, 1939. Reserve for contin- 
gencies was $3,100,000, as compared 
with $1,620,000 for the same 1939 

New Free PM Guide Gives 
Adult Prices, Show Time 

PM yesterday inaugurated its 
Neighborhood Movie Guide, present- 
ing current attractions at both 
Broadway and nabe houses. Cov- 
erage extends to Manhattan, Brook- 
lyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island 
and Long Island. 

In addition to listing films and 
indicating whether first-run, prices 
are stated for adults, for evening 
orchestra seats. The nearest quar- 
ter-hour before the scheduled main 
feature starting time after dinner 
is also given, with the paper sug- 
gesting earlier arrival if possible. 
Like all of PM's features, there's 
no advertising charge to theaters. 

Tele Institute Takes Issue 
With RMA Over Convent'n 

Television Engineers Institute of 
America, Inc., has denied statement 
by Radio Manufacturers Ass'n that 
the RMA board had been asked to 
sanction the first national television 
convention to be held in Hollywood, 
Aug. 22-24. 

The Institute also denies the RMA 
statement that the convention is de- 
signed as a "purely local" show, and 
has demanded retraction of the 
statements from Bond Geddes, RMA 
exec, vice-prexy and general man- 

Stone and Metro Dickering 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — John Stone and RKO 

are negotiating a deal whereby Stone 

would join the studio as a producer. 

COfnlnG and GOII 

HENRY HENIGSON, Jimmy Roosevelt's | 
tion chief, left New York yesterday on 
turn to the Coast after supervising Mrs. 
lin D. Roosevelt's appearance in the p 
to "Pastor Hall." 

AL CORWIN of 20th-Fox's foreign dep; 
left at the week-end for a vacation in I 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, Republic pre* 
turned yesterday from a trip to Detroit,* 
and Toronto. 

the Coast shortly for a month of p.a.' 
openings of RKO's "Dance, Girl, Dance." 

HARRY GOETZ has arrived by air fr< 

RALPH NELSON is in Washington frci 

among Hollywoodites planing to New Yoi 
the week-end. 

JULES BUCK left the Coast at the we 
for Ft. Worth, Louisville and New York 

JOHN FORD is taking a two-week v ' 
cruise along Lower California. 

MAXWELL ARNOW, wife and daught. 
on a vacation trip to the Pacific Northwt \ 
the Canadian Rockies. 

S. BARRET McCORMICK, arrived on the « 
yesterday on a 10-day trip to the RKO s 

STEVE B. NEWMAN, IATSE rep. in Holl 
is due to leave the Coast forepart of thi ( 
for Chicago and New York. 

FRANCIS HARMON of the New Yorl ij 
Office arrives on the Coast today. 

KENNETH CLARK returns to his MPPD, i 
today after a Mexican trip. 

WILLIAM WALDHOLZ, in charge of didj 
tion of FHA's shorts, leaves in 10 days 
visit to all West Coast keys. 

E. F. DLOUHY, manager of the B & K i 
way Theaters, Chicago, is on a vacatio 1 
to Mexico City with MRS. DLOUHY. 

17 Cities Now Selected 
For "Boom Town's" Tes 

Seventeen cities have been 
lected by M-G-M for pre-release 
motion engagements of "L 
Town," each of which will be s" | 
at admission price increases rail] 
from 25 per cent to 33 1-3 per 
The test runs start on Aug. 9 ii 
following cities: 

Cincinnati, Atlantic City, He 
burg, Reading, Detroit, New Orl 
Indianapolis, Lake Placid, Syra 
Seattle, Omaha, Denver, Cole 
Springs, Tyler, Tex., Tulsa andfl 
Angeles. Picture plays day-and 
at the Chinese and State The 
in the latter city. Other dates 
be added. 







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Wonderful Warners! 



V Rachel Field with JEFFREY LYNN . BARBARA O'NEIL . Virginia Weidler . Henry Daniell . Walter Hampden . George Coulouris . An ANATOLE LITVAK production 

Screen Plav bv Casey Robinson • Music bv Moi Sloiner • A Warner Bros.-First Naiional Picture 


Tuesday, July 23, 19] 

Rental Terms Slow 
Detroit Pix Buying 

{Continued from Page 1) 

according to exhibitor leaders who 
have been negotiating, informally 
and otherwise, with the various ex- 

Exhibitors do not share the view 
that they should discount the pos- 
sible local armament boom, with all 
its uncertainties, by contracting to 
increase their costs, and are about 
unanimous in declining to sign so far. 

Key of the situation rests largely 
in the hands of Co-operative Thea- 
ters, with its more than 100 member 
theaters. With several contracts 
usually signed by this time in former 
years, "not one frame" is yet con- 
tracted for, General Manager Carl 
Buermele told The Film Daily. 

Exhibitors are Planning 
War Against Automatics 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ern Pennsylvania affiliate, but the 
scope of its backing is much greater, 
witness the fact that a preliminary 
meeting at the local unit's headquar- 
ters was attended by reps, of both 
the Warner and Harris circuits. 

Mass meeting invitations will go 
not only to exhibs. in the Pittsburgh 
and West Virginia territory, but to ; 
all exchange managers here, it was 
stated yesterday. 

Suburban grill installed a dime 
automatic projector last week, and 
exhibs., sizing up the situation, see j 
trouble ahead if they become general 
in taverns, restaurants and road 

Broadcast News Bulletins 
Hit British Box-Office 

London (By Air Mail) — Exhibitors 
are finding BBC's broadcasts of news 
decided box office opposition. Appeal 
has been made to BBC to permit the- 
aters to rediffuse the news. BBC ex- 
pressed its willingness if Reuters, 
representing the news agencies con- 
cerned, was agreeable. Reuters, how- 
ever, stated it was unable to grant 
such permission. 

Sunday Movies Defeated 

Lenoir City, Tenn. — Lenoir City 
voters have rejected Sunday movies, 
688 to 165. 

Gerald K. Rudulph 


Albert Warner 

Harry Cohn 
F'orence Vidor 
Aileen Pringle 

Gale Page 

Whitney Bolton 

Joseph Seiden 

Ray Cozine 

with PHIL At. DALYi 

• • • THAT film exhibition and radio can dwell together 

in exemplary harmony and -with mutual happiness and profit 

continues to be demonstrated along the Eastern banks of our local 

harbor — and thereby hangs a tale: On the evening of Feb. 

25. 1935 the Messrs. Si Fabian, Sam Rosen, Harry Michaels and 

Paul Tillis parked in the ork of Brooklyn's Fabian Fox to at- 
tend the premiere of an old fashioned Amateur Nite o'er which Al 

Reid presided and still does The event was hooked up with 

Station WMCA with Michaels Bros, as the sponsor 

T ▼ T 

• • • DURING the five years which have elapsed since 

the Fabian Fox innovation was launched Al Reid has culled 

for presentation behind the house's footlights and before the 

stage mikes 4,750 amateurs selected from 19,743 persons audi- 
tioned Fame has come to some of these f'rinstance Leni 

Lynn whom Metro grabbed and Jack Guilford who has 

become a very pop night club headliner The Amateur Nite 

has been a veritable kaleidoscope of talent every race and 

age having been represented plus a weird assortment of an- 
imals About 250 wrist watches have gone to the winning air 

contestants and cash prizes amounting to $7,250 have 

been annexed by stage winners Michaels Bros, have spent 

$30,000 yearly (or $150,000 total) for the radio time Yeah, — 

and what 'bout the theater's b.o.? Listen! Paid admishes 

each Monday night average 4,000 or 208,000 annually 

which means over a million paid customers in the five year span! 
It's a case of the ether stimulating the patient 

T T ▼ 

• • • UP at UA the promotional forces are turning on the 

heat in behalf of Mister Wanger's new Alfred Hitchcock production, 

"Foreign Correspondent" An augmented noozepaper campaign is 

being readied to flag ole John Q. Public throughout the land 

Some 112 sheets in 'bout 100 keys will carry a series of two-color ads 

on amusement pages said ads running from 1,000 to 1,500 lines 

right before opening day and on it. . . • Another attraction which 

is being backed heavily for the benefit of Mr. X. Zib is Para- 

mcunt's "The Great McGinty" Rock-ribbed conservative reviewers 

and commentators have this one ticketed straight through for 

smash biz The Gillham et al campaign to date has been of power- 
house proportions and that appears to be the consensus re the 

picture itself 

T T T 

9 « 9 STUFF Up in Bar Harbor, Frank Algonquin Case 

at last has a chance to take a dip in the Maine surf, having finished 

his new book, "Do Not Disturb" Leon Music Hall Leonidoff 

clarions that he's ready to direct first of the rehearsals for the 
Sonja Henie-Arthur Wirtz ice show which'll open in September 

at the local Center Theater Fred Fenske, RKO's shipper in 

Cincy is set to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary next Mon- 
day Strictly Personal: To Ed Sullivan of the Daily News, 

welcome home 

T T V 

• • • THEY'RE still talking about that Universal junket to Syra- 
cuse last week After seeing the photos Jimmy Sileo shot during the 

jaunt, everybody agrees it was one of the best trips of its kind in 

many moons And Ed Stein did a hangup job in handling the 


Sees China Great 
U. S. Pix Market 

(Continued from Page \) 

ing their love for pictures to the 
tives. Twentieth Century-Fox 
already booked pictures into m: 
new theaters in the hinterland 
has opened a branch office in if 
ning, Province of Yunan. 

Goodman declared that JapaL 
exhibitors who two years ago v. 
forced to institute single bills 
cause of Government restriction 
length of performances, are now 
ing a thriving business. In fact 
best in their history and better ti 
when they showed three and f 
pictures on a single bill. 

Goodman also stated Ameri 
distributors are not sending in sh 
subjects because of footage rest: 
tions. He believes that between 
000,000 and 8,000,000 yen due Arc I 
ican distributors is impounded 
Japan and this does not include 
sum held in Yokohama Specie Bra: 
Bank in San Francisco on a previ 

New York University Ha 
Documentary Productior 

(Continued from Page 1) 

films, recalling crews from the fi< 
Pix affected are Joris Ivens' do 
mentary on economic frontiers ; 
John Ferno's film on agricultu 

Economic and cultural chan; 
due to the war and national pj 
paredness are said to be responsi 
for the suspension of product 
and the recall as well of the In: 
tute's three completed products 
for revision. Latter will get e 
logues offering "more constructs 
solutions to problems presented. 

The NYU activity has been fin. 
ced by a grant from Sloan Fourc 
tion, which has declined to make 
definite commitment for the n 
fiscal year. Meanwhile, it is si 
litigation by the Institute's fi 
makers is threatened should pres' 
contracts be violated. 

Arthur J. Wallack Stricken 

Arthur J. Wallack, 93, last of \ 
founders of the Lambs and son 
the late Lester Wallack, theatri 
manager and actor, died here 
Sunday. Two sons survive. 

Gene Markey's Father Dead 

West Coast Bateau of THE FILM DAI 

Hollywood — Eugene L. Markey, 
father of Gene Markey, writer a 
film producer, died here. 

« « « 

» »> 10 

1940 World Series 

Will be Broadcast 

The news won't be greeted with any 
degree of enthusiasm by exhibs., "who 
last season found the b.o. off as a re- 
sult, but the 1940 World Series again 
will be broadcast over Mutual, sponsored 
by the Gillette Safety Razor Co., it was 
announced yesterday. Sponsor is paying 
about $100,000 for the rights to the 
series. Gillette also gets an option on 
the 1941 series. 




q/jL great and inspiring 
American experience iegins tonii 

.ONIGHT at 8:30, Washing- 
ton sits down at the World Premiere of "The 
Ramparts We Watch." 

We predict that at 10:30 o'clock, as the picture 
ends and the theater lights go up, there will be 
tears in the eyes of many a hard-bitten Congress- 
man, a surge of pride through the veins of many a 
seasoned, unsentimental official, and a renewal of 
faith in the future of America in the heart of 
every person there. 

It is a picture such as motion picture audiences 
have never seen before — an absorbing record of 
the fateful years that began in 1914 — a gripping 
story of the great figures on the world stage, and 
of ordinary American people like yourself and 
all of us. It ends by making clear to us what has 
gone before, and so enables us to see more truly 
what lies ahead. 

To see "The Ramparts We Watch" is a mem- 
orable and inspiring motion-picture experience. 

Pick the hour you can see this film . . . noiul 



6 £\amparts 




Wona Premiere Tonight 


Washington, D. C. 


Tuesday, July 23, 19' 


:< it REVIEUIS OF TH€ IKUJ flLfllS -V ; 

"The Sea Hawk" 

with Errol Fly nn. Brenda Marshall, Claude 

Rains, Donald Crisp 

Warners 127 Mins. 



Here is an action-crammed colorful offer- 
ing that is one of the best productions 
that has been made in many, many moons. 
Properly exploited this lavishly produced 
story should play to heavy returns. It is 
another triumph for Michael Curtiz, who 
has directed several large-scale productions 
and who specializes in realistic action. To 
Henry Blanke goes important credit as as- 
sociate producer. 

Errol Flynn is convincing as the fear- 
less commander of the Albatross, which 
roams the sea, preying on Spanish ships and 
bringing the rich loot back to aid England's 
dwindling fortunes. An outstanding per- 
formance is that of Flora Robson, as the 
wise Elizabeth, who ruled England so know- 
ingly in the 16th Century. 

A very pleasing and star-destined addi- 
tion to the screen is beautiful Brenda 
Marshall, niece of Claude Rains, Spanish 
Ambassador to England. Rains gives his 
usual splendid performance, while others 
who provide splendid support are Alan Hale, 
Donald Crisp, Henry Daniell, Una O'Con- 
nor, James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland, 
William Lundigan, Julien Mitchell, Montague 
Love and J. M. Kerrigan. 

Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller fash- 
ioned a gripping screenplay. Sol Polito 
supplied high-grade photography. Erich 
Wolfgang Korngold provided impressive mu- 
sic, and Hugo Friedhofer and Milan Roder 
orchestrations. Leo F. Forbstein functioned 
as musical director. 

With Flora Robson's knowledge and per- 
sonal blessing, Flynn sails for Panama to 
salvage considerable gold from the Span- 
iards. However, the Spaniards have been 
warned. They allow Fliynn and his men to 
rob their gold caravan, and when the Eng- 
lishmen return to the Albatross, they are 
captured by the Spaniards. They are made 
galley slaves and start for Spain. 

Through Stephenson, an English spy, 
Flynn learns that the Spanish Armada plans 
to attack England very shortly. At Cadiz, 
Flynn and his men overpower the guards, 
reach the Madre de Dios, another Spanish 
ship, and take command of it. Flynn 
reaches London, just as Brenda has given 
up all hope for his return. He is knighted 
for his services to England, but, of course, 
finds time to propose to the happy Brenda. 

CAST: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, 
Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson, 
Alan Hale, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, 
James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland, William 
Lundigan, Julien Mitchell, Montagu Love, 
J. M. Kerrigan, David Bruce, Clifford Brooke, 
Fritz Leiber, Clyde Cook, Ellis Irving, Fran- 
cis McDonald, Pedro de Cordoba, Ian Keith, 
Jack LaRue, Halliwell Hobbes, Alex Craig, 
Victor Varconi Robert Warwick, Harry 

CREDITS: Jack L. Warner in charge of 
production. Executive Producer, Hal B. 
Wallis; Associate Producer, Henry Blanke; 
Director, Michael Curtiz; Screenplay, How- 
ard Koch, Seton I. Miller; Dialogue Director, 
Jo Graham; Cameraman, Sol Polito; Special 
Effects, Byron Haskin and H. F. Koenen- 

"Girl From God's 

with Chester Morris, Jane Wyatt, Charles 


Republic 71 Mins. 



"Girl From God's Country," one of the 
best Republic releases of the year, should 
prove manna from heaven to exhibitors who 
are looking for strong summer fare for 
their patrons. Filled with action and 
snow and ice scenes so starkly real that 
customers will stay two shows just to keep 
cool, it is not only good entertainment but 
timely for those Eastern hot spells. 

"Girl From God's Country," is a well- 
balanced, well-produced, and well-directed 
film. Sidney Salkow, one of studio's top 
pilots, has extracted every possibility from 
a good script. His direction is intelligent. 
Important credit for the film should go to 
Armand Schaefer who acted as associate 
producer. Chester Morris, and Jane Wyatt 
handle their roles well. This is Wyatt's 
first picture in several years. The screen- 
play by Elizabeth Meehan and Robert Lee 
Johnson is well written. 

Doctor Jim Holder), (Chester Morris) is 
a backwoods doctor in Alaska. He has 
trouble keeping nurses, and with the ar- 
rival of Anne Webster, (Jant Wyatt) he 
hopes his troubles are at an end. How- 
ever, after an hour in his employ she de- 
cides to leave on the next boat. In the 
meantime, Morris so impresses her with 
his skill and unselfishness, that she de- 
cides to stay and confesses her love for 

Charles Bickford, a United States Mar- 
shal, searching for an escaped murderer, 
discovers Morris to be the man, and starts 
back to civilization with him. Through 
the efforts of Mala, the doctor's Eskimo 
houseman, and Miss Wyatt, Morris escapes 
and during the chase Bickford goes snow- 
blind. His sight is restored by Morris, 
who risks jail to help him. 

In gratitude, Bickford returns alone and 
Morris and Miss Wyatt stay in the North. 
"Ace" the Wonder Dog does fine work 
as "Blitzen," Morris' lead-dog. 

Music by Cy Feuer, and camera work 
by Jack Marta are good. 

CAST: Chester Morris, Jane Wyatt, 
Charles Bickford, Mala, Kate Lawson, John 
Bleifer, Mamo Clark, Ferike Boros, Don 
Zelaya, Clem Bevans, Ed Gargan, Spencer 
Charters, Vic Potel, Si Jenks, Gene Morgan, 
Ace the dog. 

CREDITS: Producer, Armand Schaefer; 
Director, Sidney Salkow; Author, Ray Mil- 
holland; Screenplay, Elizabeth Meehan and 
Robert Lee Johnson; Additional dialogue, 
Malcolm Stuart Boylan; Cameraman, Jack 
Marta; Production Manager, Al Wilson; Ed- 
itor, William Morgan; Art Director, John 
Victor MacKay; Musical Director, Cy Feuer. 

PHY, Swell. 

"The Great McGinty" "The Haunted Hous 

kamp; Art director, Anton Grot; Editor, 
George Amy; Music, Eric Wolfgang Korn- 
gold; Orchestrations, Hugo Friedhofer and 
Milan Roder; Musical Director, Leo F. Forb- 


with Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, 

Akim Tamiroff 

Paramount 81 Mins. 



Paramount suspected they had a "sleeper" 
in this modest budget production and they 
were right. Preston Sturges, playwright, 
has thoroughly established himself in the 
"flicker" art, with one of the finest screen- 
plays seen in a long time, and an out- 
standing job of direction. A more than 
competent cast headed by Brian Donlevy 
and Akim Tamiroff, tell an almost unbe- 
lievable story — with tongue in cheek — 
but tell it so well its improbable factors 
are forgotten, and you are entertained 
hilariously and continually from the be- 
ginning to the end of the film. 

Dealing with crooked politics; exposing, 
in a humorous manner, the methods used 
by shady politicians in looting city and 
state treasuries, the film carries no propa- 
ganda for righteousness, but handles the 
situations merely as a medium designed to 

Brian Donlevy, a broken-down bartender 
in a "below the border" night club, tells 
the tale of his former greatness to a cou- 
ple of customers. He was a hobo, hungry 
and in a bread line, when picked up by a 
ward-heeler in a large city and induced 
to vote thirty-seven times for the "party's" 
choice for Mayor. Brought to the atten- 
tion of the City's "boss," (Akim Tamiroff) 
he impresses him with his fearlessness. He 
is taken into the "party" and winds up 
in a short time as an Alderman, an expert 
at extortion. 

From Alderman to Mayor, was a simple 
step, accomplished merely by marrying his 
secretary because "the Mayor must have a 
wife." After six months of a business- 
arrangement-marriage, love enters the 
swanky apartment of hizzoner and with 
love comes a creeping sense of duty and 
distaste for the life he has been living. 
Elected Governor, Donlevy informs his Boss 
he is through with the "party." In a rage 
Tamiroff attempts to kill him and is 
thrown in jail. 

Meanwhile, the "party" hearing of the 
double-cross, exposes his former crimes 
and the new Governor spends his first night 
as such in the pokey, with a good chance 
of staying there for twenty years. William 
Demarest, the ward heeler, breaks the boss 
and the governor out, and all three flee 
to another country and wind up running 
a saloon. 

The film is not without a few tear- 
jerking scenes, but it's really designed for 
comedy — and comedy it is. Photography, 
music, and the efforts of the entire tech- 
nical crew are well expended. A bouquet 
to Producer Paul Jones for another fine 

CAST: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, 
Akim Tamiroff, Louis Jean Heydt, Harry 
Rosenthal Arthur Hoyt, Libby Taylor, Thur:- 
ton Hall, Steffi Duna, Esther Howard, Frank 
C. Moran, Jimmy Conlin, Dewey Robinson, 
Richard Carle, Mary Thomas, Drew Roddy, 
Sheila Sheldon, William Demarest. 

CREDITS: Producer, Paul Jones, Director, 
Preston Sturges; Author, Preston Sturges; 

with Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jon 

George Cleveland 
Monogram 70 Mi 


Aimed at the nabe trade, this reft 
has humor, some suspense, a fairly plai 
ible story, and an agreeable cast to put 
over. Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Joi 
and George Cleveland head the cast, w 
the two teen-age stars giving a gc 
account of themselves. Robert McGov 
directed from a screenplay by Dorothy Re 
Moran, office boy of the Brownsville Bu? 
edited and published by George Clevela 
does not believe his friend, Christian Ri 
is guilty of the murder which he is ; 
cused of. Miss Jones, Cleveland's nie 
arrives to spend the summer and soon af 
is helping Jackie in his campaign to fi 
Rub and find the real killer. The two k 
cause plenty of trouble, get themsel* 
in the doghouse properly for muddling, I 
finally come through with the goods i 
uncover the real murderer. 

CAST: Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jon 
George Cleveland, Henry Hall, Christ 
Rub, John St. Polis, Jessie Arnold, Hei 
Roquemore, Marcelle Ray, Buddy Swan 

CREDITS: Producer, William Lackey; I 
rector, Robert McGowan; Screenplay, D 
othy Reid; Story, Jack Leonard and Moi 
Collins; Cameraman, Harry Neumann; E 
tor, Russell Schoengarth. 


"One Night in Paris' 

with John Lodge, Hugh Williams, Jc 

Marion and Judy Kelly 
Alliance 65 Mi 


At the opening of a French musical, t 
backer, Rene Nissen, is murdered. Fi 
persons are suspected and any one of the 
appear to have reason for wanting t 
victim killed. John Lodge, portraying I 
spector Bonnard, clears up the my_stt 
in an exciting climax. 

Very briefly, that's the story and i 
well done in the English manner. A fi 
dance routines are woven in while the i 
spector seeks to unravel the mystery. Go 
performances are turned in by Lodge, Hu 
Williams (the victim), Judy Kelly, t 
dancer, and Joan Marion. Picture shot 
please most fans. 

CAST: John Lodge, Hugh Williams, Jo 
Marion, Judy Kelly, Franklyn Bellamy, E 
ward Chapman, Edmond Breon, Steve Ger; 
Wallace Geoffrey, Joss Ambler. 

CREDITS: Director, Walter Summei 
Screenplay, F. McGrew Willis; Cameram; 
Otto Kanturek; Film Editor, Lionel Toi 


Cameraman, William Mellor, ASC; Art [ 
rectors, Hans Dreier and Earl Hedric 
Editor, Hugh Bennett; Musical Score, Fre 
erick Hollander. 

Very Good. 

■jesday, July 23, 1940 



Reach Sustantial 
jigreement" — Gov'l 

{Continued from Pii<;.- 1) 
consent of defendants, requests 
vjthe adjournment of the trial of 
:his suit to the first Monday in 
October, October 7. Representa- 
tives of both sides conferred 
fefcring all of the past week and 
substantial agreement has 
;heen reached on the major por- 
tion of the important provisions 
:to be incorporated in a deci - ee. 

"There are still one or two 
: matters of importance which 
(are presenting great difficulties. 
-The negotiations are continuing 
.in an effort to conclude an agree- 
ment if possible in the near fu- 
: tare. However, it will be im- 
possible to present a proposed 
decree prior to the time that it 
is understood that Your Honor 
i will leave on your vacation. 

"If the parties are able to 
; I reach an agreement during your 
vacation, the petitioner hopes 
iyou will be available for the 
consideration and entree of a 
r j. possible decree so that it may 
." become operative at an early 
* :( date." 

i Hopes to Satisfy Everybody 
In response, Judge Goddard stated 
jiat he had "informal talks with 
^ 'i.rticipants on the subject of set- 
mient" and that he would be "avail- 
ile during the Summer." In con- 
tusion, he said: "I hope that be- 
(reen now and Oct. 1, we can work 
it a decree to everybody's satis- 
ction." Judge Goddard, it is un- 
jj yrstood, will vacation at his farm 
: Infoi-med Government sources, 
le refusing to particularize on 
difficulties were presented, 
|.ated that the major hurdles re- 
1 aining were an agreement on an 
cape clause and whether the Gov- 
i nment would take any steps 
: i*ainst the "Little Three" who have 
•Hispended their negotiations. 
; i It was said that the escape clause 
15 directly tied up with treatment of 
■.; fee three companies since the Big 
ive are fearful that they may sus- 
4 in a loss of business through en- 
Mfoachments of the smaller compa- 
es. The Big Five, therefore are 

folding out for the right to drop 
consent decree in the event that 
s provisions prove comparatively 
?.t> sadvantageous. 

Resume Conferences Tomorrow 
i i k Final agreement on a large num- 
i.i|jer of details referring to arbitra- 
'Aior\, powers of the board, and juris- 
ction also still remain. Confer- 
ences will start again tomorrow be- 
•:ti - veen Government and defendants' 
' ij?presentatives when the reaction 
:•" higher ups to informal drafts on 
•:■■'■ number of subjects will be re- 
I orted and discussed. Special As- 
-} stant Attorney Generals Paul Wil- 
■ ams, James F. Hayes and Robert 
her have discussed these drafts 
^'ver the past week-end with Assis- 
int Attorney General Thurman Ar- 
► old and defense attorneys with 
jmpany executives. 



f^LARK GABLE will star in Metro's "Os- 
^"' borne of Sing Sing," which King Vidor 
will direct and John W. Considine, Jr., will 
produce. This production, slated to be 
one of the most important of the year at 
the Culver City studios, will get under way 
in the near future. Gable has just com- 
pleted a co-starring role, with Spencer 
Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr, 
in "Boom Town." 

• • 

I^ARRYL ZANUCK, William Koenig, Rou- 
*^ ben Mamoulian, Joan Bennett, Jack 
Haley, Arthur S. Lyons, Henry Lehrman, 
Margaret Ettinger, Otto Kruger, Harry 
Green attended the preview of "The Man 
I Married." 

• • 

OUR Passing Show: Henry Herzbrun, 
George Raft, Raoul Walsh, Richard 
Carle, Gordon Douglas, Edward F. Klein, 
Nat Pendleton, E. D. Venturini and Hal 
Yates watching the Hollywood Stars and 
Portland Ducks in action at Gilmore field. 

O • 

DOBIN DEVAL, now working in "Ride, 
■ * Tenderfoot, Ride" at Republic, has 
been re-christened Patti Saks. The comely 
blonde was discovered by Director Frank 
McDonald of Republic while appearing in 
a local stage production. 

• • 

A RCHIE MAYO, Al Green, Edward Lud- 
** wig, Edward Small, George Bruce, Ann 
Miller, Erie C. Kenton, Victor Mature, Rex 
Lease, Jon Hall, Frances Langford, Edward 
Ward, Rose Joseph and Cliff "Ukelele Ike" 
Edwards were among the guests at the 
preview of "South Of Pago Pago." 

• • 

DOY ROGERS, fully recovered from a 
"^ tonsilectomy, is working in "Colorado," 
at Republic. George "Gabby" Hayes has 
the comedy lead and Joe Kane is associate 
producer and director. 

• • 

C. SYLVAN SIMON, M-G-M director, will 
*^ spend a month's vacation in Tahiti 
and the South Seas. He will be accom- 
panied by Al Mannheimer, who will work 
with him on developing an idea for an orig- 
inal screenplay. 

• • 

f ENE AUTRY, Republic's singing cow- 
^^ boy, is honor guest at the Minneap- 
olis Aquatennial which closes July 28. 

• • 

A RTHUR HORNBLOW, Jr., producer of 
** Paramount's "I Wanted Wings," Army 
Air Corps training story, is negotiating with 
Bud Rankin, Texas cattle king, for the use 
of one of his huge ranches as a location 
site for important sequences of the avia- 
tion film. 

• • 

A NDREW STONE, directing Paramount's 
** "There's Magic In Music," may estab- 
lish a record for the use of youngsters in 
a picture. Since the start of the film. 
Stone has each dav used more than 250 
youngsters from the ages of seven to 
seventeen. Thus, in 25 days of shooting. 
Stone has actually directed 6,250 boys and 

There's Money 
to be made 
with good 


Cash in on these box- 
office money makers 
issued this coming 
season by Distributors. 

What They Are 
Who Makes Them 
Who Has Them 
Who Is In Them 
When Released 
How To Sell Them 

and 101 
Other Whos, Whats, Whens, 
Hows and Wheres will be found 
in the forthcoming 



N l 



Tuesday, July 23, 1 

Kuykendall Sees Tax 
Exemption Near End 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tional co-operative effort rather than 
individual brickbat throwing, such 
as seems to prevail at the present 
time. He predicted a removal of all 
theater tax exemption by Jan. 1 and 
told the convention that he believes 
that the Government is "going after 
the monopolistic setup of Ascap." 

The convention was opened by 
Mayor George C. Blume of Jack- 
sonville and talks were made by H. 
M. Richey, exhibitor relations direc- 
tor for RKO; J. L. Cartwright, pub- 
lic relations, Sparks Theaters, and 
Willis Davis, public relations, Lucas 
& Jenkins Theaters. 

Richey made a plea for less criti- 
cism of the film business within the 
industry. He asked exhibitors to 
re-dedicate themselves to re-selling 
motion pictures to a public that 
needs relaxation. Richey urged ex- 
hibitors to "count ten" before say- 
ing a destructive thing about the 

In advocating getting the most out 
of every picture, Richey said early 
buying by exhibitors would help 
producers to give their full time to 
production. "Any time wasted in 
delayed buying will cost everyone 
an unreasonable rate of interest," 
he asserted, adding that he hoped 
producers decide on equitable poli- 
cies of sales at once so that ex- 
hibitors realize delayed buying can 
be little more than unreasonably 

Registration yesterday showed 
more than 250 present. 

In the afternoon, a golf tourna- 
ment got under way at the San 
Jose golf course with Riley Davis 
and Guy A. Kenimer in charge. The 
entertainment highlight of the open- 
ing day's session was a shore din- 
ner at the Copper Kettle at Jackson- 
ville Beach last night. 

Sam Neaman Hospitalized 

Pittsburgh — Sam Neaman, of the 
Roxy Theater, Natrona, has been 
confined to the Montefiore Hospital 
for the past week recovering from 
a nose operation. 


Chicago — Walter Moore, manager 
of the McVicker's Theater, is the 
father of a baby boy, named Walter 
Moore, Jr. 

Cleveland — Bill Brooks, recently 
transferred from the local Para- 
mount booking department to head 
booker in Pittsburgh, is the father 
of a daughter. 

Cleveland — A daughter arrived last 
week to make the family of former 
Paramount ad sales manager, Bill 
Twig, a three-cornered affair. 

Indianapolis — George Bryan, assis- 
tant manager, Advertising Acces- 
sories Co., is the father of a boy 
born in St. Vincent's Hospital here. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • O 

|"\AVID LEWIS. Associate Producer. Born, Dec. 14, 1906 in Trinidad, East 
*^ Indies. Travelled during early childhood. Attended Lincoln High School, 
Seattle, Washington. Entered the University of Washington in 1925, one of 
the youngest students to ever enroll at that college. Upon leaving school went 
to New York to embark upon acting career. Gave up theater to join Para- 
mount's East Coast Story Department in 1928. Came to Hollywood in 1929 to 
work in same company's West Coast Story Department, under Ed Montaigne, 
When Montaigne moved to RKO, Lewis followed. 
Worked with Montaigne as production aide. In 
1932 was made a producer under Merrian C. 
Cooper. Producer Tom Keene Westerns and other 
films. In 1934 joined the Irving Thalberg unit at 
M-G-M as an Associate Producer. Acted in that 
capacity on Spencer Tracy's first M-G-M picture, 
"Riff Raff," with Jean Harlow. Made "Camille" 
with Garbo. Upon Thalberg's death in 1937 trans- 
ferred to Warners as Associate Producer under 
Hal Wallis. Since then has supervised many of 
the Lot's most important releases, including Bette 
Davis' "Dark Victory," "The Sisters," and "All 
This And Heaven Too." Other hits for Warners 
are "Each Dawn I Die," and " 'Till We Meet 

New Tele Channels 
Assigned to DuMont, CBS 

{.Continued from Page 1) 

al rules from their Passaic and New 
York stations respectively. 

DuMont's new Washington sta- 
tion will operate on new television 
channel No. 1 (50,000-56,000) kilo- 
cycles with 1 kilowatt power for 
aural and visual transmission and its 
New York station will use television 
channel No. 4 (78,000-84,000 kilo- 
cycles) with like power. 

Coaxial cable will be used in trans- 
mitting DuMont programs between 
Washington and New York, it was 
stated, and the Washington station 
will test the practicability of pro- 
viding satisfactory service to Wash- 
ington and Baltimore from a single 

Britain Abandons 'Dumps' 
For Advance Shipments 

(Continued from Page 1) 

is to keep a supply of films on hand 
a month in advance of release dates 
at local branches and at emergency 
bases already established. 

Shortage of Quality Pix 
Felt in Chicago Houses 

Chicago — Shortage of quality pix 
is a common complaint here. It's 
instanced not only by the statements 
of circuit operators but by the grow- 
ing number of extended Loop runs as 
well. Only two new pix this week 
are "Untamed," at the Chicago, and 
"One Million B. C," at the Apollo. 

20ih-Fox Announces Two 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Twentieth Century- 
Fox has acquired two new stories 
— "The Undercrust," a gangster 
story with music, which Darrell 
Ware and Karl Tunberg will adapt, 
and "Small Town Editor." 

Five Studios Start Six 
Productions This Week 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Bressart, Ann Morriss and Donald 

At RKO: "Wagon Train," starring 
Tim Holt. 

At 20th Century-Fox: "The Cali- 
fornian," starring Tyrone Power and 
Linda Darnell. 

At Warners: "Calling All Hus- 
bands," with Ernest Truex, George 
Reeves, Lucille Fairbanks, Virginia 
Sale; "East of the River," starring 
John Garfield with Brenda Marshall, 
William Lundigan and Marjorie 

At Universal: "Men from Chey- 
enne," featuring Johnny Mack Brown 
with Nell O'Day and Fuzzy Knight. 

"Little Three' to Ask 
Trial of Equity Suit 

(Continued from Page 1) 

spokesman asserted, "we shall be 
prepared to have the entire list of 
issues tried, regardless of what set- 
tlement steps are effected by the 
other five defendants in the interim." 

McCarrell Found Dead 

Bedford, Ind.— H. E. McCarrell, 
60, operator of theaters in this city 
and Greencastle, Ind., and head of the 
McCarrell Enterprises, was found 
dead on the floor of the bathroom by 
his widow. 

Gary Cooper for "York" Film 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Warner Bros, stated 
yesterday that it had closed negotia- 
tions with Samuel Goldwyn for Gary 
Cooper's services in "The Amazing 
Story of Sergeant York." Deal was 
in exchange for the services of Bette 
Davis to act the Tallulah Bankhead 
role in Goldwyn's "The Little Foxes." 

Tagger Gets New 20-Fox Paci 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Twentieth Century- 
Fox has signed Dean Jagger to a 
long-term contract. 

June Admission Tan< 
Collections Higher 

{Continued from Page 1) 

compared to $1,491,260.37 for J 

1939, a gain of $154,342.94. 
June collection, however, is $1 
492.45 less than the $1,791,09 
collection for May, 1940. 

Broadway figures increase' 
both June, 1939, and the pr' 
month of May, 1940. The J 

1940, figures for the Broadway si 
is reported at $521,903.81 compJ 
to $457,258.12 for June, 1939, re* 
senting a gain of $64,645.69. I 
also $10,203.55 more than the $.; 
700.26 collection for May, 1940. 

3 J 

"Fantasia" Will Require 
At Least 3 Months More 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM D.' 

Hollywood — With practically 
footage on Walt Disney's new i\ 
length production, "Fantasia," in 
inking, painting and camera dep 
ments, the picture's directors 
animators are currently at work 
new short productions. 

Although three months 
should find "Fantasia" in a fa J 
complete state, it is not unlikely i { 
a little more time will be needed 
the completion of the devices 
special sound and varied unique 
fects, which will be introduced 
the public with the production. 

Truck Strike in Michigai 
Hits Accessory Deliverie 

Detroit — Local strike of ti 
drivers has hit the film business h 
making delivery of supplies and 
cessories problematical. Many pr 
ium companies, hard hit, have < 
sorted to rail to deliver, especi 
to up-state houses. Film delii 
is not affected by the strike. 

"Field Day" for N. J. Allied 

New Jersev Allied will hoi 
' field day" at West End, N. J., 
morrow. A golf tournament is sc' 
uled for 10 a.m., to be followed 1. 
business session in the aftern 
Gala dinner is planned for the 
ning. Distributors are donating 
prizes. All functions are to be ( 
at the Hollywood Hotel. 

75 Cent Atlas Dividend 

Notice has been sent by A 
Corp. to its stockholders that a ( 
dend of 75 cents per share for 
quarter ending Aug. 31, has 1 
declared on the company's 6 per i 
preferred stock, payable Aug. 3 
holders of record at the close 
business Aug. 20. 

Des Moines, la. — Kenneth We 
of Metro's branch staff was mar! 
to Bibianne Hazlitt at Bethany, 
Mrs. Weldon is employed in the 
fice of Vitagraph, Inc., here. 

2i) W A4T H ST 


itimate in Character 
iternational in Scope 
idependent in Thought 


The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

DL. 78, NO. 17 




VB Putting Top-Budget Pix Policy Up to Exhibs. 



pen Forums to Follow 
sea Hawk" Screenings 
Exchange Spots Aug. 5 

Warners yesterday virtually de- 
mined to put its future produc- 
n of top-budget pix up to the na- 
n's exhibs. 

Selected as the cinematic "guinea 
f by the company is the highly 
ted and expensively produced 
he Sea Hawk," with the plan an- 
unced by Grad Sears, general sales 
inager, calling for trade previews 
the Errol Flynn starrer in the 37 
arner exchange centers in the U. 
and Canada on Aug. 5. 
In an attempt to determine 

(Continued on Page 3) 

ew Grade A Pix, 
ew England's Cry 

Boston — "If you're looking for 
ade A attractions, there is a defi- 
te product shortage in New Eng- 
nd," an important industry figure, 
icing the general reaction here, 
Id Film Daily yesterday. 
"If you're just looking for film, 
e market is lousy with it. Total 
421 features, including foreigns 

{Continued on Page 6) 

Gallup Duals Poll Report 
o Goldwyn in Four Wks. 



Poll on double features conducted 
i Dr. George Gallup's American In- 
itute of Public Opinion for Sam- 
2I Goldwyn is nearing completion. 
eport on the survey is expected to 
1 turned over to Goldwyn within 
ie next four weeks. 

Proper Etiquette 

If a Nazi Calls 

London (By Airmail) — Emily Post, 
please note! British Ministry of In- 
formation has just released a short, 
"Miss Cibb Coes to the Door," which 
by practical demonstration shows the 
proper etiquette if suddenly confronted 
by Nazi parachutists. Cast includes 
Nelly Bowman, Phyllis Morris and Man- 
ning Whiley, latter as the Nazi spy. 
Pix was shot at Denham, with Brian 
Desmond directing. 

Canadian Currency Regulations Kill Biz 

frotn Dominion for Detroit Film Theaters 

Detroit — New border regulations on currency have totally killed the business enjoyed 
by local downtown theaters from Canadiaa patrons — often to grosses as high as 
several hundred dollars in Canadian bills in a day. 

New Canadian regulations forbid any Canadian to take out money from Canada 
for any pleasure or vacation purposes, and are being strictly enforced, checkup indicates. 

Majors' Counsel Get Para. Partners Hit 
Arnold Views Today Consent Proposals 

Special Assistant Attorney Gen- 
erals Paul Williams, James F. 
Hayes, and Robert Sher arrived yes- 
terday from Washington after con- 
ferences over the week-end with 
Assistant Attorney General Thur- 
man Arnold on preliminary drafts 
of various consent decree subjects. 
They will report back on Arnold's 
views to defense attorneys on re- 
newal of conferences today. 

Attorneys for the defendants con- 
ferred in the absence of Government 
representatives yesterday on the re- 
actions of film executives to these 

Deal for "Tobacco Road" 
May be Closed This Week 

Objections to the proposed consent 
decree provisions reportedly were ex- 
pressed by Paramount's theater 
partners in the South who are hold- 
ing meetings here following week- 
end sessions in Atlantic City. Two 
of the provisions are considered 
especially drastic. Meetings held 
yesterday will be continued today. 

One of the provisions to which the 
partners are said to be opposed is 
the one which states that "no dis- 
tributor shall offer for lease more 

(Continued on Page 8) 

O. Henry Briggs Again 
Heads Pathe Laboratories 

Screen rights to "Tobacco Road" 
were reported yesterday to have been 
obtained by 20th Century-Fox. Con- 
tracts have been drawn up, but 
signatures have not yet been affixed, 
although consummation of the deal 
may come this week. Camera work 

(Continued on Page 3) 

0. Henry Briggs was re-named 
president of Pathe Laboratories, 
Inc., by the company's directors at 
a session held immediately following 
the annual stockholders' meeting in 
Bound Brook, N. J., yesterday after- 

Kenneth M. Young, who formerly 
held the post of vice-president and 
treasurer, was elected to serve as the 
organization's board chairman, while 

(Continued on Page 6) 

SETOA Hits Block ot S Plan 

Exhib. Unit Asks Trial of U. S. Tax Scale 

French Governm'nt Orders 
Jean Zay Court Martialed 

Vichy, France (By Cable) — Court 
martial of Jean Zay, former Minister 
of National Education, has been 
ordered by the French Government 
here which charges him with desert- 
ing the army. 

Zay was mobilized for active ser- 

(Continued on Page 6) 


FILM DAILY Staff Correspondent 
Jacksonville, Fla. — Reported inclu- 
sion in the proposals for a consent 
decree to settle the New York equity 
suit of a provision for the sale of 
pictures in blocks of five drew fire 
at the SETOA convention here yes- 

The convention by a unanimous 
vote went on record as opposing the 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Gov't Aims for Additional 
£4,000,000 a Year Through 
Levy; "Flesh" Gets Breaks 

London (By Cable) — Bri- 
tain's second supplementary- 
war budget, and the first to be 
presented under the aegis of Chan- 
cellor of the Exchequer Sir Kingsley 
Wood, was introduced in the House 
of Commons yesterday as film inter- 
ests throughout the United Kingdom 
waited tensely to ascertain the na- 
ture and extent of the proposed 
levies on admissions. 

It was learned specifically that 
the new emergency budget is geared 
to yield the Government approxi- 
mately three times the current 
revenue from amusement sources or 
about six million pounds during the 
year commencing Oct. 6, next. The 
current year's revenue from the en- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Northwest Allied 
Membership Rift! 

Minneapolis — With reports rife 
here that Northwest Allied faces a 
membership split, largely over policy 
differences but with personality is- 
sues also involved, the unit's new 
administration, headed by Prexy E. 
L. Peaslee and Business Manager 

(Continued on Page 3) 

RKO Will Establish Own 
Exchange in Puerto Rico 

RKO will operate its own ex- 
change in San Juan for distribution 
in Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo 
after Sept. 1. New company has 
been organized with Ned E. Seckler 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Circus in Indiana 

Bluffton, Ind. — Local theaters do not 
expect any business tomorrow. The 
Robbins Brothers Circus will give three 
free performances, at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 
and 8 p.m. Merchants sponsored the 
circus, in connection with a Dollar Day 


Wednesday, July 24, 1 j 

Vol. 78, No. 17 Wed., July 24. 1940 10 Cents 


: Publisher 

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(Tuesday, July 23) 

Never Heard of 'Tomorrow/ 
Asserts 'U' in Suit Reply 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 

Col. Picts. vtc. (2y 2 %> 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd... 63/ 4 6% 63,4 + l/ 4 

East. Kodak 119'/ 2 119!/ 4 119'/ 2 — Vz 

do pfd 

Gen. Th. Eq 9 9 9 

Loew's, Inc 24V 4 24i/ 4 24l/ 4 + '/ 4 

do pfd 

Paramount 47 8 4% 4% 

Paramount 1st pfd 

Paramount 2nd pfd.. . 7Vi 7V 2 7'/ 2 

Pathe Film 73^ 7% 7% — V4 

RKO New 3 2% 3 

20th Century-Fox ... 6% 6}/e 6'/ 8 

20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 78 78 78 — 1 

Warner Bros 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46.10O 100 100 — V 4 

Loew's deb. 3y 2 s46. . 102'/ 2 102V 2 102l/ 2 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts. 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv. 3'/ 4 s47 85 84 V 4 85 + 1 

Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 80'/ 2 793^ 793^ + % 

Monogram Picts 

Sonotone Corp 

Technicolor 9% 9% 95/ 8 

Trans-Lux 1 1 1 

Universal Corp. vtc 

Universal Picts 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 

Fox Thea. Office Bldg. 1st '46 

Loew's Thea. Realty 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45.. 63V 2 65'/ 2 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 56 60 

Oklahoma City, Okla. — Universal 
has filed a pleading - in Federal Court 
denying it exposed Fozie Rahal, pub- 
lisher of "Tomorrow," local magaz- 
ine to public contempt and ridicule 
by use of a magazine of the same 
name in the film, "Charlie McCar- 
thy, Detective." 

Rahal, in his suit, asked $50,000 
damages from Universal, Standard 
Theaters Corp., et al, because the 
editor of the film version of the 
magazine, named Arthur Eldridge, 
was depicted as "a lawless, un- 
scrupulous and unworthy individual" 
who secretly advanced the purpose 
of gangsters and racketeers. 

Rahal's petition said the motion 
picture contained various photo- 
graphs of a magazine, "Tomorrow," 
similar in size and design to several 
issues of his publication. 

In its answer, Universal denied 
Rahal's charge that it was on the 
local magazine's mailing list and 
that it had any knowledge of the 
existence of such a publication. 

U. S. Indie Poster Service 
Planning Exchange System 

Minneapolis — U. S. Independent 
Poster Service, recently organized, 
will open an exchange here about 
Aug. 5. The company, headed by 
Ben Marcus, Wisconsin circuit oper- 
ator, has already taken over the 
Wisconsin Poster Service, Milwau- 
kee, and the Independent Poster Ser- 
vice Co., Chicago. It will establish 
a factory in Chicago to manufac- 
ture various types of accessories. 

Within the next six months, it is 
said additional exchanges will be 
opened in Detroit, Indianapolis, 
Cleveland, Kansas City and Cincin- 

Associated with Marcus are I. E. 
Sarnoff, his partner in the Emeness 
Circuit, and Frank Fischer, poster 
exchange man. 

Rundell, Former Partner 
Of M. E. Comerford, Dead 

Siegel to Testify Before 
Trial of Plagiarism Suit 

Federal Judge John W. Clancy yes- 
terday directed M. J. Siegel, presi- 
dent of Republic Productions, Inc., 
Harold Shumate, E. E. Passmore, 
Wells Root, and Jon Fortune to tes- 
tify July 31 in Hollywood in a be- 
fore trial hearing in the plagiarism 
suit brought by Marquis James 
against Republic. James claims 
that the Sam Houston biography 
"The Raven" was infringed in Repub- 
lic's "Man of Conquest." 

Para. Affiliate Adds 
Two Minnesota Houses 

Minneapolis — Minnesota Amuse- 
ment Co., Paramount affiliate, has 
purchased the Paramount, St. Cloud, 
and the Garden, Hibbing, it is dis- 
closed by Prexy John J. Friedl. In 
addition, the company will rehabili- 
tate six houses in Duluth, Moorhead, 
Mankato, Winoa and Hibbing. 

Friedl is expected to reopen the 
Palace here on or about Sept. 1; 
house was recently acquired under 
lease from the Benz interests. Grind 
policy is in prospect. 

Italian Buying Control 
Rep. on Torpedoed Ship 

London (By Airmail) — P. Alliata, 
representative here of the Italian 
Buying Control and as such widely 
known in the industry, went down 
with the Arandora Star, torpedoed 
by a German sub. 

Bausch & Lomb Earnings Up 

Rochester — Bausch & Lomb, for 
the six months ended June 30 re- 
ports earnings of $767,284, equal 
after 5 per cent preferred dividends 
to $1.54 a common share. In the 
first six months of 1939, net earn- 
ings were $554,743. 

COmmC and GOIf 

WILLIAM C. GEHRING, 20th-Fox di 
manager, left last night for Chicago to 
tiate with B & K on new season prodt 

GEORGE RAFT arrived in New York yestt | 

CHARLES STERN, Eastern district ma | 
of United Artists, left yesterday for 
through the New England territory. He < 
to be gone about two weeks. 

JAMES ROOSEVELT left for the Coast 
day after delaying his scheduled departs 

HARRY GOETZ is back from Hollywood. 

JOE PENNER left for the Coast yesterd; 

turn to Hollywood today. 

WILLIAM HEENAN, of the Peerless ex 
Philadelphia, is in town. 

A. A. SCHUBART, manager of RKO's exel 
operations, returned yesterday from the Mi( 
and South. 

manager, will be back at his desk torn 
after an extensive Western trip. 

Kuykendall Welcomes N 
Allied as Unit of MPTO/ 

On behalf of MPTOA's boarc 
directors and officers, Ed Kuyl 
dall yesterday, in a prepared st 
ment, welcomed the organizati 
youngest unit, Allied Theater O 
ers of New York. Admission of 
Max Cohen group was regarded 
"an important step in the ste 
growth of the MPTOA as a natic 
association." "We mutually ber 
from this active membership," K" 
kendall declared. 

Pathe News Exec. Returns 

Frank Donovan, Pathe News v 
president, has returned to New Y^ 
headquarters from a business tri] 
the Coast, where he has been sui 
vising work on the "Picture Peoi 

Auto Giveaway Pulling 
Better Than Cash Game 

Chicago — Auto giveaways in some 
spots are out-drawing Bank Night, 
according to John J. Doerr of Al- 
liance Theaters Corp. which oper- 
ates a string of houses in Illinois, 
Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Binghamton — Fred Dean Rundell, 
49, former partner of the late M. E. 
Comerford, Scranton, Pa., theater 
chain owner, died yesterday in his 
home in Owego. After a career as 
a newspaperman, Rundell joined 
forces with Comerford in purchase 
of Sayre Theater, Sayre, Pa., Wav- 
erly Theater, Waverly. N. Y., and 
Tioga Theater, Owego. 

Rundell disposed of his interest 
in the theaters in 1930, but in 1933 
reassumed interest in Comerford or- 
ganization by serving as manager of 
Tioga Theater. He retired a year 
ago through ill health. He served 
as Tioga County Democratic chair- 
man from 1932 to 1934. 

Para. Renews Schertzinger's Pact 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Director Victor 
Schertzinger has had his contract 
with Paramount renewed for another 

Top-Budgei Pix 
in Up to Exhibs. 


mesday, July 24, 1940 



(Continued from Page 1) 

ier Warners can safely continue 
ake high-budgeted attractions 

£ilar calibre and be assured a 
ble return on its investment 
.|the domestic market. Sears 
address the various exhib. as- 
lies by means of a special trans- 
lental telephone hookup, 
lowing the screenings, the corn- 
branch managers will hold 
forum discussions with those 
Jing, to devise ways and means 
■by both the exhibitor and the 
butor can realize the maximum 
is on not only this feature, but 
• hers of this standard which the 
any is contemplating produc- 
' the domestic market proves it 
'.upport them. 

ae company feels," stated Sears, 
it is only through the corn- 
support of both the exhibitor 
public that it can continue to 
out this type of expensive and 
iwhile screen merchandise and 
t to stay in business." 

inovision Chartered 
Delaware Corporation 

ver, Del. — Phonovision Corpora- 
of America has been incorpo- 

as a Delaware company with a 
alization of $1,000,000 in $100 
s and an additional issue of 

shares of no par value. 

Radio Field Men in City 

fee of RKO Radio's field force 
A the Home Office working on 
t deals for their respective 
ories. They are Walter Bran- 
midwestern district manager; 
Nolan, St. Louis branch man- 

and Sol Sachs, exchange man- 

at Dallas. 

Travelogue Series 

.Iter Bibo announces the prepa- 
n of a series of travelogues to 
ailed "Travelcades" which will 
nnpleted under the supervision 
lack Kemp, and printed with 
iNew Magnacolor Process. 


Alan Curtis 
Dailey Paskman 


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• • • YE Radio City Music Hallites were back to normal 

yesterday following an event on Monday night which had 

a decided O. Henry twist The entire staff which annually 

entertains hundreds of thousands in the intimate li'l 6,200-seater 

was in turn entertained at its 1940 Roof Party On the vast recrea- 
tion roof the "noble 600" (a far from light brigade) as- 
sembled in the glow of multi-colored lanterns and witnessed 

movies, guest acts and danced to the music of a torrid swing 

band Gus Eysell, right bower of the in absentia W. G. Van 

Schmus pinch hit as host and a grand time was had by all. 

T ▼ T 

• • • FOR many years our industry's promotional legions 

have both suggested or sponsored "Treasure Hunts" 

of one kind or another and that thought leads us to an- 
other O. Henry twist namely, a treasure looking for someone 

to come and get it To be specific we happen to know 

that the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co is anxious to learn 

the whereabouts of Frank E. Jones who in 1932 was the 

manager of the New Gates Theater o'er at 856 Gates Ave., Brook- 
lyn The said Mr. Jones, if he can be located, will reportedly 

receive a nice check from a now-matured insurance policy 

Anybody got info or a clue 'bout where Mister Jones can 

be found? Please advise the insurance company 

▼ T T 

• • • DID'JA lamp that editorial yes'day a.m. in the New York 
Times under the heading "Laughter, Ever Young"? Its con- 
cluding sentence is both a sound suggestion to filmland and a 

tribute to Charlie Chaplin whom the editorial prominently men- 
tions: "May those who seek to divert us today learn from 

their forerunners of yesterday — he who offers to his fellows the 

priceless gift of laughter is also a good citizen and a patriot" 

T T T 

• • • STUFF: Si Seadler and Tom Gerety exchanging 

warm greetings in the warm subway (as though these Leo-ites 
hadn't seen one another for years!) . . . .Martin Starr at the World's 

Fair looking more dapper than Grover Whalen The T. J. 

Vincents of Pittsburgh (he the G.M. of the quartet of stands 
operated by Dr. C. E. Herman in Carnegie, Pa.) issuing invites 
to their Silver Wedding Anniversary party in the Smoky City 

next Monday Fred Macomber, designer of pix celebs' homes, 

disembarking from a Sugar Hill, N. H., train vestibule upon ar- 
riving at that town from Hollywood to supervise remodelling of 

Butternut Lodge (Bette Davis' summer home) Larry Clinton 

all set to lead his band at the Aug. 9 Screen Publicists Guild 

dance Barney Oldfield, movie editor and critic of the Lincoln 

(Neb.) Sunday Journal and Star, previewing himself in uniform 
before goin' to Camp Ripley, Minn., for army maneuvers Aug. 

4-24 Rudy Vallee being roundly feted at a birthday "pardy" 

given for him last night at the Strand Bob Maxwell (pro- 
motional solon for "Superman" which will soon invade the cellu- 
loid realm) collecting life preservers before leaving for a Mon- 
tauk fishing trip, — and it might be well for the fish to follow 

suit Dear Lynn: How's about a post card from Plattsburg? 

Jack Level (RKO) will be glad to know that the U. S. 

Marines dug no divots with their bayonets on the Timber Point, 

L. I., golf course during their week-end invasion While 

Helen Claire, Fox Movietone's fashion commentator, is vacation- 
ing, Selena Royle will "sub" 

Northwest Allied 
Membership Rift! 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Fred Strom, has mapped a course of 
action that calls for: 

1. A determined drive to fully or- 
ganize the state on a low dues basis. 
This is a radical departure from the 
policy followed under Al Steffes' 
leadership, the latter favoring a com- 
pact membership and stiff dues. 

2. An attack upon high film rent- 
als and percentage terms, the new 
administration claiming that rentals 
in this territory are up to 50 per cent 
more than elsewhere. The changed 
business situation will be advanced 
as the reason for reductions when 
the case is presented to exchanges. 

Reports in the trade persist that 
a number of exhibs. heretofore in- 
fluential in Northwest Allied's ranks 
are prepared to "take a walk." 
Whether that means a rival exhib. 
organization will take shape here is 
problematical, but there are reports 
that its formation is being talked. 

Deal for "Tobacco Road" 
May be Closed This Week 

(Continued from Page 1) 

is tentatively set to start in Febru- 

"Tobacco Road" made its Broad- 
way debut on Dec. 4, 1933, and will 
end its record-breaking run on Aug. 
17. As of yesterday, 2,847 perform- 
ances had been given, beating the 
record previously set by "Abie's 
Irish Rose" by more than 500 shows. 
New York gross of the play is said 
to have been approximately $2,500,- 
000, while road companies have 
reaped $3,000,000. New road com- 
pany stai'ts out in September, open- 
ing in Buffalo's Erlanger Theater on 
Sept. 16. 

Expect SWG, Producers 
To Complete Pact Today 

West Coast Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Representatives of 
Screen Writers Guild and producers 
are to meet today to complete de- 
tails covering a short-term contract. 
It is understood agreements will 
only cover major points and that a 
committee will handle new develop- 
ments as they occur. It is believed 
the Guild will get Guild shop and 
authority to allocate screenplay 

« « €4 

** %> ** 

Equine First Night 

The movies are not going to the dogs, 
but rather, to the horses. First equine 
first night on record is reported by George 
Hunt, manager of Loew's Theater, Louis- 
ville. Hunt set up portable equipment 
in a blue grass racing stable and screened 
M-G-M's "Sporting Blood" for nine 
mares. Reporters for the Louisville 
papers noted carefully the reactions of 
the mounts as they viewed their Holly- 
wood "cousins" on the screen. 

Wednesday, July 24, 1 Sd 

SETOA Hits Block 
Of Five Pix Plan 

{Continued from Page 1) 

reported block of five plan, sup- 
posedly originating with the De- 
partment of Commerce. The resolu- 
tion pointed out that the plan would 
take from the exhibs. the 20 per 
cent cancellation right now enjoyed, 
and further pointed out that fre- 
quently the group would include only 
one reallv good picture. 

The SETOA also went on record 
as opposing any lowering of Fed- 
eral admission tax exemption until 
the present scale, which starts the 
tax at 21 cents, has had a 12 months' 

Resolution asserted that lowering 
of the exemption — there have been 
suggestions that it be wholly elim- 
inated — would impose taxes on chil- 
dren's admissions and work a hard- 
ship on persons of low income, and 
additionally not bring the increased 
revenue expected. 

M. C. Moore was re-elected presi- 
dent for his fifth consecutive term. 
Other officers named were: Tom 
Brandon, Titusville, Fla., secretary; 
Col. Thomas C. Orr, Albertville. 
Ala., treasurer; and Oscar C. Lam, 
representative to the MPTOA board. 

Talks at the closing session were 
made by Louis 0. Gravely, Jr., U. 
S. Treasury Department, speaking 
on the defense tax; Eddie Golden, 
vice-president of Monogram, on "The 
Future of the Independent Producer"; 
Nat Williams, of Thomasville, Ga., 
Mitchell Wolf son, of Miami; and 
George F. Dembow, of National 
Screen Service. More than 250 at- 
tended the two-day convention. 

Conn MPTO to Poll State 
On End of Tax Exemption 

New Haven— MPTO of Connecti- 
cut will poll State exhibs. on the 
proposal to eliminate all exemption 
from Federal amusement taxes as 
a result of action taken at the unit's 
meeting here this week. 

Resolutions were adopted on the 
death of Abraham Fishman, pioneer 
indie exhib. and founder of the Fish- 
man circuit. 

Eddie Golden Starts Swing 
Around Monogram Branches 

Edward A. Golden, general sales 
manager of Monogram Pictures, af- 
ter attending the SETOA conven- 
tion, left last night to preside over 
a series of regional sales meetings. 
Golden arrives in Atlanta today, 
where on Saturday, July 27, he will 
officiate at a meeting of the Atlanta, 
Memphis, Charlotte and New Or- 
leans branches. 

He will then return to New York 
for a week, departing again on Aug. 
2 for Albany, Buffalo and Cleveland. 
During the week of Aug. 11, the 
Mono, sales chief will cover the De- 
troit, Chicago and Milwaukee ex- 
changes; followed by a tour of the 
Des Moines, Omaha and Minneap- 
olis branches the week of Aug. 19. 

Golden will visit Seattle, Portland 
and San Francisco the week of Aug. 

Heavy Tax Hits U.K. Theaters 

All Seats Over Threepence Are Affected 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tertainment field taxes is estimated 
at some two million pounds, which 
means that the new levies are aimed 
at bringing in an additional four mil- 
lion pounds. 
Affects All Seats Over Threepence 

Additionally, it is disclosed that 
all seats over threepence will be 
affected by the newly proposed legis- 
lation which will with virtual cer- 
tainty become law because of the 
Government's dictatorial powers over 
all Britons and their personal pos- 

The current scale in force exempts 
from taxation all film admissions up 
to and including sixpence. Over that 
sum and under seven and a half pence 
the tax is one and a half pence; from 
seven and a half to 10 pence, two- 
pence; 10 to one shilling halfpenny, 
two and a half pence; exceeding one 
shilling halfpenny and to and in- 
cluding one shilling threepence, 
threepence; exceeding the latter the 
tax is now one and a half pence for 
the first one shilling three pence and 
one penny for every five pence or 
part of five pence over one shilling 

What the exact levies will be to 
supplant the foregoing scale has not 
yet been revealed, but that they will 
be very appreciable upswings is 
patent in view of the amount set by 

the Government as its essential ob- 
jective with respect to the film field. 
"Flesh" Favored Over Films 

The legitimate theater will fare 
better on the new levies, preferential 
terms having been devised, which 
means that cinemas will have to bear 
the major share of the new enter- 
tainment taxation. 

The effect of the series of drastic 
taxation measures embodied in the 
supplementary budget estimates is 
sweeping, and directly or indirectly, 
the impact will be felt severely by 
all in the trade here. 

The income tax rate is boosted 
5 per cent to 42^ per cent, and the 
income tax hereafter will be deducted 
on salaries at the source every week 
or month; a new "purchase tax," 
revolutionary in nature, is introduced, 
and calls for 33 1/3 per cent on 
wholesale values or 24 per cent on the 
retail price of luxuries and 12 per 
cent on the retail prices of non-lux- 
ury items. 

Additionally, there are increased 
taxes on tobacco, beer and wine, 
while surtaxes are raised to a peak 
rate of 18 shillings a pound, or about 
$3.70 out of every $4, assuring that 
the Government will get 9/10th of 
incomes in excess of $80,000. 

A proposed sales tax was with- 
drawn for revision. 

Affiliated Enterprises 
Ruling Eliminates Surtax 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington— U. S. Board of Tax 
Appeals yesterday ruled that Af- 
filiated Enterprises, Inc., original 
promoters of Bank Night, was not 
a personal holding company and 
thus not subject to a surtax. The 
board held also that $19,500 in 1935 
and $33,800 in 1936 paid to the 
wives of two of its officers could not 
be deducted as a legitimate expense, 
but allowed a total of $6,600 for 
this purpose. 

The Internal Revenue Bureau 
found a total deficiency of $60,540 
against Affiliated Enterprises, but 
the board's decision elimiated $45,- 
072.48 listed as surtax. The board's 
decision recited that Affiliated En- 
terprises' gross income in 1934 
was, $116,982.17, in 1935, $364,465.41 
and in 1936, $770,558.31. 

Re-names Four for Counties 

Oklahoma City — Gem theater 
Nashville, Ark., is now the Howard; 
the Amusu, Fordyce, Ark., is now 
the Dallas; the American, Wilburton, 
is now the Latimer, and the Pines, 
Waldron, Ark., is now the New Scott, 
as a result of K. Lee Williams' de- 
cision to re-name the four houses 
in as many county seat towns after 
the respective counties. 

25, and following this meeting will 
head for Los Angeles, Salt Lake 
City, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, 
Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indian- 
apolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and 
New York City. 

New Financing Scheme 
To Preserve Baird Tele 

London (By Air Mail) — Holders 
of the 5 per cent stock in Baird 
Television have voted in favor of 
a scheme to raise new capital for 
the company and preserve it from a 
forced sale. If sold at the present 
time, proceeds would possibly repay 
loans, but leave nothing for holders 
of preferred or common stock. 

Gaumont British Corp. had agreed 
to subscribe at par for the whole 
of the proposed issue of 30,000 
pounds of first debentures to be cre- 
ated under the plan. Capital would 
be increased to 368,250 pounds, con- 
sisting of 326,500 articipating pref- 
erence shares of one pound; 80,000 
redeemable preference shares of 5s, 
and 870,000 deferred shares of 6d; 
the first to carry 10 per cent non- 
cumulative dividend, the second 
class to carry no dividend but re- 
deemable at par after payment of 
the dividend on the first class; the 
deferred shares entitling the hold- 
ers to any balance of profits re- 

A first debenture of 30,000 pounds 
at five per cent is to be created, the 
redeemable preferred shares to be 
issued to the unsecured creditors, 
with deferred common shares being 
issued to the members of the com- 
pany. The scheme is expected to 
preserve to the unsecured creditors 
and members a small participation 
in the assets of the company when 
tele transmission in the United 
Kingdom is resumed. 


Governor, Mayor Aid 

In Exploiting Hardy Film 

Billy Saxton of Loew's Baltim 
arranged a four-day "Smiles" e I 
test in the News-Post, with da 
pictures and story with offer of c, 
and guest tickets for "Andy Ha 
Meets Debutante." He obtaii 
telegrams from the Governor* 
Maryland, the Mayor of Baltiif 
and others offering congratulati 
to the Hardys on their third ar 
versary in pictures. These he | 
blown up and placed in the lot 
He also promoted a 40-pound bii 
day cake which was displayed in 
lobby and cut by the Mayor, ne 
papers covering the stunt. 

Radio Voice Contest 

For "New Moon" in Clevela 

A radio voice contest to find 
local Jeanette MacDonald and J 
son Eddy was the the highlight 
the "New Moon" campaign put o 
by Everett Steinbuch and Joe Loi 
for its Loew's State, Clevela 
showing. Record receptacles w 
also made up carrying copy and 
on the film, and several thousand 
these were distributed through 
sic and department stores. 

Card Gag for Women 
Helps "Susan and God" 

As part of his "Susan and G 
campaign, Ed Fitzpatrick, Loe 
Poli, Waterbury, Conn., had an 
tractive girl pass out small wl 
cards to women in shops and al< 
busy streets. The cards carried 
message: "Having domestic tr 
bles ? Don't go home to Mothe 
Call Susan at 3-7632." The f 
brought a flood of phone calls 
the theater. 

Vivien Leigh Double 
Contest for "Waterloo Bridi 

A contest to find a local dot 
for Vivien Leigh netted plenty 
newspaper space for William 
Langdon, Paramount, Kankal 
111., as part of his "Waterloo Brid 
campaign. Langdon also conduc 
a mustache-raising contest, us 
Robert Taylor's new hirsute adc 
ment in the film as his basis. 

MacDonald-Eddy Week 
Promotes "New Moon" 

A MacDonald-Eddy week, a 
brated among local music stores, 
suited in some splendid displ 
plugging the "New Moon" show: 
at the Strand, York, Pa., as pari 
Edward Moore's campaign for 
M-G-M musical. 

Free Trip to World's Fair 
Gets Free Space for Hardy 1 

A guessing contest with the E 
Jewelers was used by Ray Bell 
Loew's Capitol, Washington, to Is 
mote a free, three-day trip to 
New York World's Fair, as exp 
tation for "Andy Hardy Meets 
butante." Participants in the ( 
test were asked to guess the num 
of persons who would attend 
showing of the film at the Cap: 


dnesday, July 24, 1940 


i ir -V REVIEWS OF THE IKUI FILfllS :< :< 

The Ramparts We 

• March of Time 90 Mins. 

ierging on the American scene and 
i-n at a time of vital importance to the 
n's welfare, "The Ramparts We Watch" 
vitally important picture not only to 
public but to the industry itself. To 
:nces everywhere in the land, it will 
B exciting, revealing and indelibly im- 
,iu as it unfolds the amazing events 
h transpired from 1914 until the con- 
on of the first World War. 
nong the many virtues of the picture 
e superb opportunity it offers the ex- 
or in the matter of b.o. promotion, for 
an exploitation property de luxe. Every 
/man worthy of the name will grab 
ses galore. Power of the film, aside from 
imeliness and wide appeal, spring from 
prestige of the March of Time among 
sns of all ages. These are certain to 
;ager to view this first full-length fea- 
produced by the M of T staff. The 
.'It is an industry milestone, — the col- 
rative effort of Louis de Rochemont, 
produced and directed it, and Roy 
.arsen, publisher of Life and president 
"ime, Inc. 

his is no ordinary retrospective exposi- 
of America's role in that conflict, but 
lique and rousing saga which points the 
. to solution of our present day problems 
' :h find the United States fettered by un- 
oaredness, victimized by controversy, 
unduly smug in the attitude that what 
appening in Europe is of no particular 
:ern to us. 

iaj. George Fielding Eliot, author of the 
■ k, "The Ramparts We Watch: A Study 
the Problems of American Defense," 
ch inspired the photoplay, expresses the 
faction's theme as "the need for the 
pie of America to think, not only now 
'"time of trouble, but always, in good 
s and bad, about the security of the 
ublic." — and think they will surely do 
ifter witnessing the film which is as time- 
as the Present, and as American as 
nouth Rock. 

L o assure that no jarring note of "staged 
on" would creep into the footage, rel- 
ely obscure players, — in most instances 
townfolks of New Haven, Conn., where 
nes were made, — were used in the cast. 
! result is a happy one, for the entire 
tosphere created is one of authenticity, 
the feeling is evoked that one is look- 
privately into the lives and behavior of 
| ryday, average people. Characterizations 
splendid and convincing. 
ssentially the film's story is episodic, 
:losing the reactions of a typical Amer- 
n community to World War No. 1, both 
ore U. S. participation and after joining 
■ Allies. 

, nterspersed skillfully among the se- 

nces dealing with the war and pre-war 

■Is, tribulations and emotional reactions 

the townfolks depicted are gripping se- 

n:es chiefly of a newsreel nature, culled 

m unexplored material in the archives of 

nation's capital, the Imperial War 

iseum at London, and the Archives 

lematographiques in Paris. Louis de 

chemont has welded this footage, and 

original sequences made, into a brilliant 

tern. "The Ramparts We Watch" is 

"Murder In The Night" 

with Jack La Rue, Sandra Storme, 

Bernard Lee 

Film Alliance 70 Mins. 


There is a sufficient amount of suspense 
and interest in this British-made crook 
meller to make it okay for program spots 
in nabe houses. The cast, headed by Jack 
La Rue, is adequate, although with the 
exception of La Rue, the English accents 
are pretty thick at times. Picture could 
have been helped by a speed up in the 
story's pace. 

Sandra Storme, an attractive English girl, 

Bernard Lee, Martin Walker and James 

' Hayter are the principal members of La 

j Rue's supporting cast. Film was directed 

j by Norman Lee. 

La Rue, ex-American gangster, runs a 
i night club in London which also serves as 
a blind for a jewel racket. Miss Storme's 
husband is murdered and when Walker, a 
Scotland Yard man, starts his investigation 
he discovers that Miss Storme, who works 
as a hostess in La Rue's club, was the dead 
man's wife. She agrees to help the police 
trap the killers, with suspicion pointing at 
La Rue and his gang. There is a fast climax 
which disposes of La Rue and clears up all 

CAST: Jack La Rue, Sandra Storme, 
Bernard Lee, Martin Walker, James Hayter, 
Googie Withers, Drue Leyton, A. O'Connell, 
Edmon Ryan, F. Lister, Alf Goddard. 

CREDITS: Producer, Walter C. Mycroft; 
Director, Norman Lee; Screenplay, F. M. 
Willis; Cameraman, C. F. Greene; Editor, 
E. B. Jarvis. 


a must see attraction for all audiences, 
and a must book picture for all outlets. 

CAST: John Adair, John Sommers, Julia 
Kent, Ellen Prescott, C. W. Stowell, Ethel 
Hudson, Frank McCabe, Myra Archibald, 
Edward Wragge, Alfredo U. Wyss, Mar- 
guerite Brown, Georgette McKee, Robert 
Rapelye, Harry C. Stopher, Jane Stuart, 
Elliott Reid, Augusta Durgeon, Albert Gat- 
tiker, H. G. Brady, Thomas S. Bernie, Jr., 
Richard McCracken, Lorenzo Gallant, David 
Dean, George Jackson, H. G. Westcott, A. 
A Nourie, E. C. Lucey, Gordon Hall, 
Reginald Reynolds, Harry Feltcorn, Rev. 
Byron Ulric Hatfield, Andrew Bizub, Ben- 
jamin Semoskay, W. J. Londregan, Thomas 
McElarney, Gabriel Kerekes, Louis de Roche- 
mont 3rd. 

CREDITS: Producer and Director, Louis 
de Rochemont; Associate Producer, Thomas 
Orchard; Associate Directors, James L. 
Shute, Shepard Traube, George R. Black, 
Beverly Jones; Editor, Lothar Wolff; Script, 
Robert L. Richards, Cedric R. Worth; Com- 
mentator, Westbrook Van Voorhis; His- 
torical Research, Samuel W. Bryant, Jr.; 
Technical Advisor, Capt. Reed M. Fawell, 
U. S. N.; Production Manager, James L. 
Wolcott; Costumes, David Pardoll, Mar- 
guerite Brown; Cameramen, Charles E. Gil- 
son, John A. Geisel; Sound, David Y. Brad- 
shaw, Kenneth Hawk; Musical Score, Louis 
De Francesco, Jacques Dallin, Peter Brunelli; 
Musical Direction, Louis De Francesco; Pro- 
duction Representatives from and 
Life, Roy E. Larsen, William D. Geer. 


"The Ranger And The 

with Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, 

Jacqueline Wells 
Republic 59 Mins. 


Excellent photography, new locations and 
plenty of action, capably taken care of by 
an able cast, make this release first class 
fare for the western fans. Roy Rogers' 
popularity should be enhanced by the film 
as he mops up the villains with a flourish 
and puts over a couple of songs nicely. 

Rogers is supported by his sidekick, 
George "Gabby" Hayes, Jacqueline Wells, 
who is an attractive addition to the Rog- 
ers entourage, Si Jenks, and Harry Woods 
and Henry Brandon, both first class villains. 
Joseph Kane gets credit as the producer 
and director, with Reggie Lanning respon- 
sible for the photography. 

Rogers and Hayes are members of the 
Texas Rangers. Brandon imposes unjust 
taxes on traders in the absence of Sam 
Houston, president of the Republic of Texas. 
Rogers enforces the trade tax, although it 
is against his principles, in order to stay 
on as a Ranger so he can combat Brandon 
and his gang. 

Jacqueline Wells and her wagon train fall 
in Rogers' toils, but she surprises him by 
making a deal with Brandon. Rogers later 
.'earns that Miss Wells' father was mur- 
dered by Brandon, and with their difficul- 
ties settled they finally bring Brandon and 
his men to justice after plenty of hectic 

CAST: Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" 
Hayes Jacqueline Wells, Henry Brandon, 
Harry Woods, Noble Johnson, Si Jenks, Ted 
Maoes. Yakima Canutt. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer and Direc- 
tor, Joseph Kane; Screenplay, Gerald Ger- 
aghty; Original Story, Bernard McConville; 
Cameraman, Reggie Lanning; Editor, Lester 


Chevalier for "No, No. Nannette"? 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Maurice Chevalier 
may return to the U. S. screen. 
Herbert Wilcox is negotiating with 
him for a role in his next Anna 
Neagle picture, "No, No, Nannette" 
which RKO will release. Chevalier 
is expected to arrive in New York 
next week. 

Dix lor Para.'s "Roundup" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Richard Dix, signed to 
make four films for Para., will have 
as his first production, "The Round- 
up." Preston Foster may be added 
to the cast now embracing Betty 
Brewer and Ruth Donnelly. 

Schertzinger Assigned 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Paramount has as- 
signed Victor Schertzinger to direct 
the Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dor- 
othy Lamour vehicle, "The Road to 

"Girls of the Road" 

with Ann Dvorak, Helen Mack, Lola Lane 
Columbia 61 Mins. 


A hard to believe story of girls bumming 
their way around the country, living in hobo 
jungles, and being constantly pursued by 
the police. Best things about the picture 
are the road gal characterizations contribu- 
ted by Helen Mack, Lola Lane, Ann Doran, 
et al. The girls make up about the tough- 
est gang of femmes one would want to 
imagine. Theme of the film lends itself 
to exploitation and the hobo girl parts are 
good enough to partly make up for the 
hokey story. 

Probably based on newspaper headlines 
and filled in by an imaginative screenplay 
writer, the yarn tells of the governor's 
daughter who joins the road girls in order 
to report their problems to her father. She 
goes through a wild series of adventures, 
including a night in jail, a leap from a 
freight train, and some experiences in a 
girl hobo jungle hideout before she is able 
to contact her father and convince him that 
the girls should be befriended by officials 
rather than be chased from county to 

CAST: Ann Dvorak, Helen Mack, Lola 
Lane, Ann Doran, Marjorie Cooley, Mary 
Field, Mary Booth, Madelon Grayson, Grace 
Lenard, Evelyn Young, Bruce Bennett, Eddie 
Laughton, Don Beddoe, Howard Hickman. 

CREDITS: Director, Nick Grinde; Or- 
iginal Screenplay, Robert D. Andrews; 
Cameraman, George Meehan; Film Editor, 
Charles Nelson. 


Okay Preparedness Shorts, 
But Not War News in O. C. 

Oklahoma City — Short subjects 
dealing with U. S. preparedness, 
Fifth Column, Army, Navy and Air 
Corps activities are wanted by local 
film patrons, but there's decided op- 
position to war footage in news- 
reels, mail poll taken by Standard 
Theaters Corp. establishes. 

Preparedness shorts were okayed 
by 90 per cent of the men and 83 
per cent of the women voting; the 
vote on war newsreels, however, was 
close — only 57 per cent of the men 
and 46 per cent of the women fav- 
ored them. 

Miriam Hopkins Settles Suit 

Miriam Hopkins has settled the 
suit brought against her by Bela 
Blau for her failure to appear in 
"The Guardsman" at Harrison, Me., 
and Actors' Equity has dropped its 
action against the star. 

Goldwyn to Remake "Whoopee"? 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Samuel Goldwyn is 
reported planning to remake 
"Whoopee" with Bob Hope in the 
role formerly played by Eddie Can- 


Wednesday, July 24, 19/ 

Few Grade A Pix, 
New England's Cry 

(Continued from Page 1) 

but not including reissues, were re- 
leased in downtown Boston for the 
year ending- June 29. 

"Boston first-run houses have re- 
leased from seven to 11 features 
weekly, but two 'money pictures' 
any one week is a novelty," it was 

O. Henry Briggs Again 
Heads Pathe Laboratories 

(Continued from Page 1) 

George J. Bonwick was selected to 
take over the treasurership. Arthur 
W. Miller was designated vice-presi- 
dent, and M. M. Malone secretary and 
assistant treasurer. 

The stockholders at their gathering 
returned 0. Henry Briggs, George 
J. Bonwick, Arthur W. Miller, Robert 
M. McKinney and Kenneth M. Young 
to the board. 

Meeting otherwise was reported as 

Rogers Sets "The Outsider" 

Distribution deals for "The Out- 
sider" in Eastern, Southern and 
Midwestern exchange centers were 
announced yesterday by Budd Rog- 
ers, vice-president of Alliance Films 
Corp. The George Sanders-Mary 
Maguire co-starring picture will be 
handled by important distributors 
in Boston, New Haven, Buffalo, Al- 
bany, Atlanta, Charlotte, New Or- 
leans, Little Rock, Detroit, St. Louis, 
Kansas City, Chicago, Milwaukee, 
Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. 

Cuban Popularity Winners 

Havana — First local movie popu- 
larity contest has been concluded by 
Cinema, trade publication, with "El 
Romance Del Palmar" winning first 
prize as the best Cuban picture. 
Ramon Peon won directing honors; 
Luana De Alcaniz topped the Cuban 
actresses; Alberto Garrido took com- 
edy honors; Heluza Oterro won the 
top award for screen writers, and 
Tom Hogan and Leslie Taft won 
first honors for photography and 
sound work, respectively. 

Name 3 Quebec Censors 

Montreal — Three Montreal resi- 
dents have been appointed motion 
picture censors for the Province of 
Quebec, the provincial government 
announced at Quebec yesterday. The 
appointee's are Elzear Beauregard, 
Robert Lariviere and Thomas Mc- 

Local 186 at Lambert Rites 

Springfield, Mass. — Entire mem- 
bership of Local 186, Operators, at- 
tended funeral services for Louis 
Lambert, former president. 

Sparta Opening Aug. 12 

Sparta, Mich. — Edward Lane will 
open his new house here Aug. 12. 

Owl Shows in Wis. 

Milwaukee — Midnight shows, usually 
on Saturdays, are getting a big play in 
houses around the state. Some offer a 
combination screen and stage program. 
Fox in a number of locations, including 
Stevens Point and Wausau, is staging 
guest night on Saturdays with patrons 
for the last show permitted to see the 
two features on the closing program in 
addition to the flicker on the Sunday 

French Governm'nt Orders 
Jean Zay Court Martialed 

(Continued from Page 1) 

vice prior to the Nazi invasion, along 
with other officials. 

For some time before the present 
European war broke out, Jean Zay, 
as Minister of National Education, 
played an important role in inter- 
national film affairs, his office being 
the source of physical granting of 
permits for motion pictures imported 
into that country from foreign coun- 
tries, including the U. S. Dubbing 
of such productions was also under 
his jurisdiction, as were many other 
aspects of film trade. 

RKO Will Establish Own 
Exchange in Puerto Rico 

(Continued from Page 1) 

in charge. In the past, RKO has 
been distributing its product in these 
territories through the Medal Film 

Dover, Del. — Columbia Pictures of 
Puerto Rico has been chartered by 
the State Department here. 

(At Columbia's home office in 
New York yesterday, it was said the 
organization of the new subsidiary 
was with a view to future opera- 

Greek Censorship Trims 
Newsreels to the Bone 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — American newsreels 
are virtually banned in Greece as a 
result of the Government's strenu- 
ous efforts to maintain neutrality, 
according to advices received by the 
D of C here from the U. S. Commer- 
cial Attache in Athens. Fair idea 
of the extent of newsreel censorship 
may be gained from the fact that a 
Netherlands flower show was ruled 
out because it might elicit non-neu- 
tral applause. 

Court Twisted on Law, 
Claim In Games Case 

North Adams, Mass. — First step 
in carrying the lottery case against 
Bernard Payne, manager of the Mo- 
hawk theater in this city, to the 
State Supreme Court, was taken 
when Attorney Harry A. Glovsky, 
Payne's counsel, filed a bill of 
exceptions claiming misinterpreta- 
tion of the law by Judge Thomas J. 
Hammond in his charge to the jury 
at Pittsfield. Game involved is 
Lucky Strike. 

Outstanding Shorts 

How Good They Are— How to Sell Them— Who Has Then 


"Cat College" 

(Pete Smith Specialty) 

M-G-M «10Mins. 

Swell Novelty 

How a pretty girl trained to become 
a lion tamer, under the tutelage of 
Clyde Beatty, world famous for his 
control over wild animals, makes for 
effective entertainment in this reel. 
The gal, the only one of a class of six 
to stick out the course, is put through 
a training period with Beatty before 
she finally does her first "solo." In 
an exciting sequence, she loses control 
over the lion, but Beatty holds off the 
beast until she recovers her nerve and 
goes through with the act. Demonstra- 
tions of professional technique by Mr. 
and Mrs. Beatty fill out the reel. 

"Young America Flies" 

(Broadway Brevity) 
Vitaphone 22 Mins. 

A Salable Subject 
Depicting the experiences of a 
group of college students enrolled in 
the Civil Air Training course at Stam- 
ford University, this timely film will be 
of great interest to many people. The 
Civil Aeronautics Authority, recently 
authorized to train 50,000 pilots this 
year, co-operated in the production 
of the film which is a good mixture of 
information and entertainment. A good 
cast including Jean Parker, Donald 
Woods, William Lundigan, Henry 
O'Neill and William Orr take the parts 
of the students and instructors going 
through the training routine from 
blackboard work to final CAA tests. 
B. Reeves Eason directed. 


Wild animal training has always been 
something to thrill folks. Let them 
know that Clyde Beatty, whom most 
of them know from the circus, is train- 
ing a pretty girl in his dangerous work. 
M-G-M has prepared a byline story 
by Beatty that can be planted in your 
local paper, and has arranged a co-op. 
gag ad. with the Arrow shorts people. 
A contest, on your stage, of amateur 
trainers of domestic pets will create 
plenty of interest and supply a lot of 
fun for the audience. 

With the training of aviators a 
highlight in the national defense pro- 
gram, here is a film that presents 
actual methods used in the training 
program. Play up the fact that this 
subject was produced in co-operation 
with the Civil Aeronautics Authority. 
Secure from Warners the letters of 
praise from Col. Frank Knox, Secretary 
of the Navy, and Robert Hinckley, 
Chairman of the CAA and use them for 
lobby blow-ups. Contact any aviation 
schools in your community, and ar- 
range for co-operative campaigns. 



"His Bridal Fright" (Charley Chase); "How High Is Up?" (Three Stooges); "News 

Oddities" (Phantasy); "The Pooch Parade" (Fables); "Screen Snapshots No. 9"; "Canvass 

Capers" (Sport Reel); "Cinescope No. 6"; "The Archives" (Washington Parade). 


"Trifles of Importance" (Passing Parade). Others to be announced. 


"Sink or Swim" (Sportlight) ; "Way Back When Razzberry Was a Fruit" (Stone Age 

Cartoon); "You Can't Shoe a Horse Fly" (Color Classic); "Pinky Tomlin and Orchestra" 

(Headliner); "Dangerous Dollars" (Paragraphic); "Fightin' Pals" (Popeye). 


"The March of Time, No. 12"; "Put Put Trouble" (Walt Disney); "Information Please 
No. 12"; "'Taint Legal" (Edgar Kennedy); "Bested By a Beard" (Leon Errol); "Good- 
ness, A Ghost" (Radio Flash); "Sportscope No. 12"; "Reelism No. 12." 


"Cheerio, My Dears" (Lew Lehr); "Rupert, the Runt" (Terrytoon); "Action on Ice" 
(Thorgesen-Sports) ; "Love In a Cottage" (Terrytoon). 


"Springtime Serenade" (Color Cartoon reissue); "Candyland" (Color Cartoon reissue); 
"Stranger Than Fiction No. 79"; "Going Places No. 79"; "Hawaiian Rhythm" (Musical). 


"Little Blabber Mouse" (Merry Melody); "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" (Looney Tune); 

"Pony Express Days" (Technicolor Productions); "Young America Flies" (Broadway 

Brevity); "The Egg Collector" (Merry Melody); "The Valley" (Color Parade); "A Wild 

Hare" (Merry Melody); "Woody Herman and Orchestra" (Melody Master). 

ievieujs of new fums 

tdnesday, July 24, 1940 


"Sporting Blood" 

Robert Young and Maureen O'Sullivan 
M 82 Mins. 


s long as the plot of this film sticks 
rie training and racing of thoroughbreds, 
audience is viewing worth-while screen 
; at other times the drama is confusing 
it is not unil the final shots that the 
is unraveled. While the track scenes 
on the screen, the direction of S. Sylvan 
jn and the camera work of Sidney 
bner maintain interest. Especially the 
i fire and training sequences. 
3rformances are good despite the corn- 
story material. Robert Young is con- 
ing as the prodigal Virginian, Maureen 
j Hi van is her usual appealing self, while 
is Stone and William Gargan do their 
?cted solid jobs. 

>oung is cast as a horse trainer who re- 
is to Virginia many years after his father 
run off with the wife of the town's 
d man, Lewis Stone. Despite antagonism 
1 the whole town, he manages to hold 
meanwhile making a play for one of 
le's daughters and then marrying the 
_ .it for revenge. They separate but the 
:nge turns to affection and the couple 
eunited after their horse wins the big 

AST: Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan, 
is Stone, William Gargan, Lynne Carver, 
ence Muse, Lloyd Corrigan, George H. 
d, Tom Kennedy, Russell Hicks, George 

REDITS: Producer, Albert Levoy; Di- 
■or, S. Sylvan Simon; Author, Grace Nor- 
Screenplay, Albert Mannheimer, Dor- 
Yost; Cameraman, Sidney Wagern; 
i Editor, Frank Sullivan. 


"Deadwood Dick" 

umbia First Episode, 32 mins. 

Combining the melodramatics of 
sent-day serials with the charac- 
s of the Old West, Columbia has 
■duced what promises to be a fast, 
•d-riding chapter play. Involved 
a mysterious Skull, directing his 
ig from an underground tunnel, 

is trying to get control of Dead- 
od and characters such as Wild 

1 Hickok and Calamity Jane, 
adwood Dick is the publisher of 

local newspaper who sets out to 
'over the Skull after his young 
orter and Wild Bill have been 
ied. All very melo, but the serial 
is will probably like it. James 

Haine directed. 

H. Projectionist Drowns 

Conway, N. H. — Joseph R. King, 
projectionist at the Majestic- 
eater here, is dead as a result of 
browning accident at Ledge Pond 


"Matty Malneck and His Band" 

(Melody Master) 

Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Unusual Band Subject 

A good blending of sight and 
sound, without dialogue or title in- 
terruptions, make this an unusual 
and entertaining number. Matty 
Malneck and his group swing half a 
dozen numbers while the camera 
roves about picking out specialties. 
Numbers are introduced by closeups 
of the sheet music titles, a pleasant 
innovation from banal M.C.'s. 

"Social Sea Lions" 

(Pete Smith Specialty) 

M-G-M 9 mins. 

Very Funny 

Audiences will get a big kick and 
a lot of laughs out of this Pete Smith 
subject relating the adventures of 
three seals invading a party. The 
seals raid the hors d'oeuvres, play a 
horn accompaniment to the diva, and 
generally get into mischief in a 
manner to amuse any spectator. 

"Hawaiian Rhythm" 

Universal 17 mins. 

Synthetic Hawaiian Musical 

A "tour" of Hawaii from the front 
of Harry Owens' bandstand turns out 
to be just another poor musical. 
Subject features Harry Owens and 
his Royal Hawaiians and a number 
of acts, including Rita Rio, Kenny 
Allen and The Royal Hawaiian 

"Tom Turkey and His Harmonica 


(M-G-M Cartoon) 

M-G-M 7 mins. 

Fair Cartoon 

With the general store as a locale, 

Tom Turkey and his cronies take off 

the Borrah Minnevitch harmonica 

gang in a mildly amusing cartoon. 

7 mins. 

"Patient Porky" 
(Looney Tune) 

Amusing Cartoon 

Porky's adventures in a hospital 
while trying to be cured of a tummy- 
ache and how he gets mixed up with 
a dizzy cat who imagines he would 
like to be a doctor supply a fair 
number of laughs. 

"Stranger Than Fiction No. 79" 

Universal 9 ! /2 mins. 

Fair Reel 

A half dozen shots of curious ac- 
tivities make up a reel that holds 
some interest. Lead shots are of a 
blind man who acts as a guide at 
Fort McHenry, Baltimore. Some 
scenes of autos run by charcoal in 
Japan, a woman who does hooked 
pictures from old silk stockings, a 
water-cooled house and a man who 
whittles models of planes used in 
the last war fill out the subject. 


Who has them 

How good they are 


How to sell them 

(Tried and proved exploitation ideas) 

in the 





Wednesday, July 24, 1 

Para. Partners Hit 
Consent Proposals 

(Continued from Page 1) 

than five features in a single group." 
As the South is principally a single 
feature territory, it is reported that 
the Paramount operators believe that 
such a plan, if put into operation, 
will result in the inauguration of 
duals in many theaters. It was point- 
ed out that in a group of five there 
may be one good picture and four 
mediocre pictures, none of the lat- 
ter strong enough to stand alone on 
a single feature program. 

Another objection was aimed at 
the so-called Clause 6, which involved 
the limitation on lease of pictures 
to newly acquired theaters. This 
clause provides that if an additional 
theater should be acquired by an in- 
dividual or circuit, "a distributor may 
lease its pictures for exhibition in 
the additional theater only under a 
lease agreement which relates solely 
to the said additional theater as if 
said theater were an independent 
theater and not part of a circuit." 

These and other provisions of the 
consent decree proposals are being 
studied, analyzed and discussed at 
the current meetings. 

Safety Screen Devised 
For Paramount, Liverpool 

London (By Air Mail) — To pro- 
mote safety of audiences during air 
raids, the Paramount Theater, Liver- 
pool, has had a screen painted on the 
Steel and asbestos curtain which 
weighs 30 tons, with three loudspeak- 
er horns, one at each side and one 
at the top, of the proscenium, con- 
nected to the projecting apparatus. 

When the safety curtain is lowered 
during a raid, the picture can be 
flashed upon the painted screen, with 
sound coming from the loudspeaker 
horns. Shutting off the stage from 
the auditorium also allows a greater 
margin of safety. 

Sonotone 6-Mos. Net $135,304 

Sonotone Corp. for the six months 
to June 30 reports a net profit, be- 
fore surtax on undistributed prof- 
its, of $135,304, equal to 17 cents 
each on 792,878 shares of common, as 
compared with $111,395, or 14 cents 
each on 788,878 common shares dur- 
ing the corresponding period a year 

20-Fox Signs Joan Bennett 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood - - Twentieth Century- 
Fox has signed Joan Bennett to a 
two-picture deal and taken up the 
options on Henry Fonda, Binnie 
Barnes and George Montgomery. 

Wolf.' ! Wolf! ! ! 

Lincoln, Neb. — On the Varsity marquee 

"Lone Wolf Meets a Lady" and "Babies 
For Sale." 

Manager Bill Knight did the coupling. 



Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 
OWARD S. BENEDICT. Producer. Born Baltimore, June 10, 1902. Educated 
at John Hopkins University, taking an Academic course. Entered newspaper 
work and worked on Baltimore Sun and Baltimore 
American. Worked for Associated Press in Palm 
Beach, and while there represented International 
Press and United Press. Joined the staff of a 
New York publishing house. Was a member 
of the Shubert press department. After a year 
there, started his own theatrical press office, repre- 
senting leading Broadway personalities. Operated 
it for nine years and in 1935 came to California 
to take charge of the RKO-Radio publicity depart- 
ment. In December 1939, was made a producer 
at RKO. Has produced "Curtain Call," "The Saint 
Takes Over," "Millionaires in Prison" and "Men 
Against the Sky." 

Joris Ivens, John Ferno 
Sue N. Y. University 

A lawsuit was filed yesterday 
against New York University and 
the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation by 
the firm of Fitelson & Mayers, in 
behalf of the motion picture direc- 
tors, Joris Ivens and John Ferno, 
who were under contract to the 
Educational Film Institute of New 
York University to direct documen- 
tary films on new economic fron- 
tiers and the agricultural surplus 

The directors were in the field 
each with complete production crews 
and well along in the business of 
shooting when they were abruptly 
ordered to disband crews and re- 
turn to New York due to the dis- 
continuance of production funds by 
the Sloan Foundation. 

Charles Freeman Honored 
At Testimonial Dinner 

Charles J. Freeman, who recently 
was named to an executive position 
with the Texas Interstate circuit, 
was the honor guest at a testimonial 
dinner last night at the Hotel As- 
tor. Freeman has been general 
manager of Consolidated Radio Ar- 
tists and for many years was gen- 
eral booking manager of the RKO 

With Jay C. Flippen as toastmas- 
ter, dinner speakers included Bob 
O'Donnell, Interstate's general man- 
ager; Joseph Vogel, vice-president 
of Loew's; John O'Connor, repre- 
sentative for Fred Waring, and Rob- 
ert Weitman, managing director of 
the Paramount Theater. 

Bioff Decision is Deferred 

Chicago — Walker Butler, William 
Bioff's attorney, filed supplementary 
answers in Federal Judge Holly's 
court yesterday while Assistant 
State's Attorney Cunningham filed 
the state's answers. Judge Holly will 
make his decision later. 

"Don Quixote," Copra's Next 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — "Don Quixote" will be 
the second Frank Capra-Robert Ris- 
kin production for Warner Bros, re- 

Preview of "Ramparts" 
Tonight at Waldorf-Astoria 

Fifteen hundred persons are ex- 
pected to attend a private preview 
of March of Time's first full-length 
motion picture "The Ramparts We 
Watch," an RKO Radio release, this 
evening in the Grand Ball Room of 
the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The 
preview is under the auspices of 
the editors of Time and Life mag- 

Mayor LaGuardia has been in- 
vited to attend, also other leaders 
of civic life, the press, heads of 
various patriotic organizations and 
clubs and representatives of asso- 
ciations and individuals which have 
co-operated with March of Time in 
the making and distribution of 

World premiere of the picture was 
held last night at the RKO Keith 
Theater, Washington, attracting an 
audience of notables from Govern- 
ment and social circles, from the 
press, educational and diplomatic 

The NBC Blue network originated 
a special broadcast of the premiere 
through its Washington station, 
WMAL. A lobby broadcast was 
held in the theater prior to the 
showing. Later NBC microphones 
from inside the theater carried on 
the air the dialogue of the last five 
minutes of the picture, after which 
notables gave their impression of 
the film. 

A showing for the Hollywood press 
and Governmental officials on the 
West Coast was held simultaneously 
at the Ambassador Theater in con- 
junction with the Washington pre- 

Republic Signs Dennis O'Keefe 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Republic has signed 
Dennis O'Keefe to a three-picture 
contract. He is currently appearing 
in "The Girl from Havana" and will 
make two more in addition to this 

Connie Bennett for Col. Pix 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Constance Bennett 
will play opposite Warner Baxter in 
Robert C. Sherwood's "Legacy" 
which he will make for Columbia. 



/CLARENCE BROWN, Metro director 
^■^ an Army test pilot in the last V 
War, is now experimenting with a nevl 
catapult, which will be of value in sei, 
off the more modern of aerial gliders. B 
is doing the work at his Calabasas r 
the scene of several gliding contests. 

** music department will direct his I 
special arrangement of Schubert's Fa 1 
at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 9. 

A N average of three changes of dia 
** for each sequence has been mad 
William Seiter, in his direction of Uni 
al's "Hired Wife," mainly due to the 
liant ad libbing indulged in by Re 
Russell and Robert Benchley, two ol 
four stars in the picture. 

• • 

JERRY CADY, RKO Radio scribe, h: 
^ but consummated the purchase of 
tor McLaglen's yacht, the Mary K. 

kiARY KELLY, who frequently plays 
'^'Benny's "girl friend" on the air 
joined the cast of Paramount's "Love 
Neighbor," in which Benny is co-st; 
with Fred Allen and Mary Martin. 
Kelly will appear as a chamber maid, 
substitutes whenever Benny's valet, Roc 
er, disappears. 

• • 

JOHN STONE, who recently left ;] 
*^ Fox, may join RKO Radio as a I 
ducer. Stone has acquired a numbi 
story properties, among them Richard 
tuck's mystery novel, "The Wedding < 
Sat on a Stone," and "It Happene 
Marge," a screen original by Vera Ca: 

AS a gesture of appreciation foi 
** understanding in handling approxir 
ly 200 members of the Blackfoot I i 
tribe, during the filming of M-G-M's 
Man From Wyoming," Director Ri< 
Thorpe was gifted with a complete < 
of hand-made western riding equipme 
members of the Indian nation. 

ELSIE BORDEN, "oomph girl of> 
"™ pastures," now making her film i 
in the Gene Towne-Graham Baker pn 
tion "Little Men," after starring for 
years at her own exhibit at the New 
World's Fair, will be feted at the 
Francisco Exposition on Aug. 24-25. 

MAX REINHARDT, Ernst Lubitsch, 
ael Curtiz, Henry Blanke, Le 
Forbstein. Fritz Lang, Dave Bader and 
gans Reinhardt were among the mei 
of "The Sea Hawk" preview audieno 

DECAUSE of the terrific beating it 
" in a hurricane off Mexico in a r 
trip south, Eddie Albert has been f 
to place his yawl, the "Moilie," on 
ways for extensive repairs. Seams ii 
boat have been opened and the pi 
weakened by constant operation. 


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tllied Asks That Pix Buying Wait on Its Survey 

oorate Program Set 
Gather Buying Data 
m Allied, Indie Exhibs. 



iladelphia — The exhibitors in- 
ation service committee named 
2 Allied national convention met 
rday in the office of the Allied 
lendent Theaters Owners of 
jrn Pennsylvania and adopted 
iame Allied Information Dept., 
■ designated in inter-organiza- 
correspondence by the initials 
All members of the commit- 
ncluding Chairman Sidney Sam- 
n, Arthur K. Howard, Don R. 

(.Continued on Page 8) 

jw's Holdings 
Rubin Reduced 

, ngton Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

ishington — J. Robert Rubin has 
sed of 2,300 shares of Loew's 
:ommon no par value stock, the 
reported yesterday in its semi- 
hly summary of security trans- 
ns and holdings. The action 
s Rubin with 27,615 shares of 

e Paramount reports states 
1 Stanton Griffis has acquired 

(Continued on Page 6) 

igham Young" to Get 
*ak Preview in K. C. 

Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

>llywood — Prominent exhibitors 
meet with producers when 20th 
ury-Fox sneaks in "Brigham 

(Continued on Page 6) 

t's Going to he Tough 
on Salesmen's Shoes 

Boston — Independent Exhibitors, Inc., 
lied's New England affiliate, is giving 

members psychological advice to com- 
t the wiles of the film salesman. In 

current bulletin, unit points out that 
hibs. are on the defensive when they 
lit the exchanges to make deals, and 
ges that the showmen make the sales- 
-n visit them. 

"Don't be a sucker," the bulletin 
ges. "Make him do the selling and 
u buy when he offers you a deal which 
u want, even if he has to make 10 


Only Those Okayed in Berlin Before Dec. 31, 1936, May be 
Shown in Occupied Lands 

While no official confirmation has 
been obtained by the home offices, it 
was reported reliably yesterday that 
American pictures, except those ap- 
proved in Berlin prior to Dec. 31, 
1936, were banned from German oc- 
cupied countries in Europe. 

Cabled reports from Beilin yes- 
terday asserted that the ban had 
been clamped down in Holland where 
only Dutch and German pictures j 
were permitted to be exhibited. 
However, foreign departments here 

were of the opinion that the order 
was effective in all countries con- 
trolled by the Nazis. 

Joseph Seidelman, UniversaPs for- 
eign department chief, said he was 
surprised to read of the Dutch re- 
port inasmuch as he recently re- 
ceived a cable from the company's 
distributors in Holland asking for 

Rumors of the blitzkrieg of Amer- 
ican films have been circulating for 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Writ Blocks Reade 
Move to End Pool 


Efforts of Walter Reade to dis- 
solve a pooling arrangement in Mor- 
ristown, N. J., were halted yester- 
day when Vice Chancellor Buchanan 
in Newark, granted a temporary in- 
junction to Leo Justin and Morris 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Nat'l Tele Systems Com. 
To Meet Here on July 31 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Radio Manufactu- 
rers Association announced yester- 
day that FCC Chairman James L. 
Fly and Chief Engineer E. K. Jett 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Give Us Comedies," 
Neb. Exhibs. Appeal 

Lincoln, Neb. — "Give us comedies," 
is the showman's appeal hereabouts. 

Comedies are the only films hold- 
ing up in Nebraska, according to re- 
ports from film salesmen and exhibi- 
tors, in a season which is showing 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Shore First-Runs Want 
"Boom Town" Equal Break 

Philadelphia — Local reaction to 
Metro's plans for "Boom Town" 
test engagements at higher admis- 
sions is interesting. First-run ex- 
hibitors, particularly the ones in 

(Continued on Page 6) 

$2,450,713 Net for Warners 

Compares with $2,912,186 for 1939's 39 Weeks 

GTE Profits for Quarter 
And Half Show Increase 

General Theaters Equipment Corp. 
and subsidiaries, excluding Cinema 
Building Corp., report for the three 
months ended June 30, consolidated 
net profit of $195,637 after provis- 
ion for depreciation and estimated 
Federal income tax. This compares 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Warner Bros. Pictures, and sub- 
sidiary companies report for the 39 
weeks ending May 25, a net operat- 
ing profit of $2,450,713.05 after de- 
ducting all charges including amor- 
tization and depreciation and Fed- 
eral income taxes, as compared with 
a net operating profit of $2,912,- 
186.40 reported for the correspond- 
ing period the previous year. 

Earnings are equivalent to $24.60 
(Continued on Page 6) 

FCC's Okay to be Sought; 
Financial Backing Obtain- 
ed; Two Stations Planned 

FILM DAILY Staff Writer 

Scophony television equipment, in- 
cluding the 15-foot screen used at 
the Odeon Theater, London, prior to 
the outbreak of the war, has arrived 
in this country as the first step in 
the launching of an American branch 
of Scophony Television, Ltd. Arthur 
Levey, a founder and director of the 
company, revealed in New York yes- 
terday that negotiations were under 
way for the leasing of a local the- 
ater for demonstration purposes. 

Inauguration of Scophony Televi- 
sion & Radio Corp., the American 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Para. Partners Fear 
Buying Power Loss 

Paramount's theater partners, who 
have been huddling both here and 
in Atlantic City on problems pre- 
sented by the consent decree pro- 
posals looking to a settlement of 
the Government's equity suit, are ex- 
pected to conclude their delibera- 
tions today. 

While the Paramount operators 
take the position that inasmuch as 
they are not defendants in the ac- 

(Coiitinued on Page 8) 

Industry Seeks Liberal 
Wage-Hour Definitions 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Representatives of 
the MPPDA are scheduled to testify 
before the final hearing of the Wage- 
Hour Board on proposed amendments 

(Continued on Page 6) 

SPG to Open Coast 
Convention Aug. 21 

First national convention of the Screen 
Publicists Guild will open in Hollywood 
on Aug. 21, it was announced yesterday. 
While the SPG at present is restricted 
to units in Hollywood and New York, 
expansion plans will be considered at 
the conclave which will be attended by 
three delegates from the East. 

Thursday, July 25, 19< 

Vol. 78, No. 18 Thurs., July 25, 1940 10 Cents 

JOHN W. ALICOATE : : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

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(Wednesday, July 24) 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 7 7 7 — % 

Col. Picts. vtc. (2l/ 2 %) 

Columbia Picts. pfd.. 183/4 1834 18% + l/ 4 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd... 6% 6% 6% — i/ 8 

East. Kodak 1193,4 119 119 — '/ 2 

do pfd 

Gen. Th. Eq 9 9 9 

Loew's, Inc 243,4 24V 4 24l/ 4 

do pfd 1023/ 8 1023/g 102% + 15/ 8 

Paramount 5 4% 5 ■ -j- Vs 

Para. 1st pfd 

Para. 2nd pfd IVi 7'/ 2 V/z 

Pathe Film 7% 7% 7% 

RKO New 3 2% 3 

20th Century-Fox ... 6'/ 8 6 6Vs 

20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 2V4 2V4 2% 

do pfd 


Keith B. F. ref. 6s46 

Loew's, deb. 3i/ 2 s46. 102i/ 2 102y 2 102'/ 2 

Para. B'way 3s55 

Para. Picts.- 6s55 

Para. Picts. cv.3i/ 4 s47 85y 2 85V 2 85'/ 2 + V2 
Warner Bros.' dbs. 6s48 


Monogram Picts 

Sonotone Corp 


Trans-Lux 1 1 1 


Bid Asked 
Met. Playhouse, Inc. 2nd deb. '45.. 63 Vi 65'/ 2 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 56 60 

KRS to Cancel Bookings "When the Daltons Rode" 
By Closed Channel Houses Gets a Gala in Old Kansas 

London (By Air Mail) — Trading 
Committee of the KRS Council has 
decided upon a scheme for affording 
relief to closed theaters in the "pro- 
tected area" near the Channel. Un- 
matured bookings for the period of 
closure will be cancelled, it was stat- 
ed by Frank Hills, secretary of KRS. 

Exhibs. having outstanding debts 
are expected to liquidate them. The 
KRS is willing for the exhibs. of such 
closed theaters to pay something on 
account over a period of time, such 
payments to be made to the KRS 
and apportioned to distrib. mem- 
bers in proper proportion. 

It was also stated that the Trading 
Committee would make a revision 
in rentals in cases of serious hard- 
ship resulting to exhibs. from the 
war. Exhib. appeal should be made 
to the society and not to individual 

Cass Funeral Services 
Held in Sumner Theater 

Sumner, la. — Funeral services for 
J. F. Cass, 76, president of the Cass 
Theater circuit, were held here Tues- 
day at the Cass Opera house with 
the Rev. Fr. John Fischer of Sumner 
andMsgr, J. M. Molloy of Cedar 
Rapids, officiating. Burial was at 
Sumner. Cass died at the University 
of Iowa Hospital at Iowa City of 
uremic poisoning and a cerebral 
hemorrhage. He had been in the 
hospital a week. 

Survivors are one son, J. E. Cass, 
of Strawberry Point, who is general 
manager of the theater circuit, a 
daughter, Mrs. Hazel McNalley of 
Sumner and one step-daughter, Mrs. 
Alberta Stewart of Lincoln, Neb. 

Warners' "The Sea Hawk' 
May Go Into Music Hall 

Radio City Music Hall executives 
are talking a deal with Warners for 
"The Sea Hawk," Errol Flynn star- 
rer, which will be nationally re- 
leased Aug. 24. 

Rait in P.A. at Strand 

George Raft starts a two weeks' 
p.a. engagement at the New York 
Strand tomorrow in connection with 
the opening of his pix, "They Drive 

Nine Soviet Features 
To Arrive on Tuesday 

First new Soviet pictures to reach 
the U. S. in some time, nine fea- 
tures and several newsreels, are 
slated to arrive in New York next 
Tuesday for distribution here by 
Artkino, headed by N. Napoli. 
Films were shipped from the Rus- 
sian port of Murmansk. Artkino 
expects them to be the forerunner 
of a regular supply. First-run out- 
let in New York will be sought. 

Coffeyville, Kan. — Today, it's the 
turn of this town of 18,000 to bask 
in Hollywood's limelight as Univers- 
al gives its "When the Daltons Rode" 
its world premiere at the Midland and 
Tackett Theaters. Event is expected 
to give the town more than double 
its normal population for the day. 

In addition to top studio executives, 
such players as Andy Devine, Frank 
Albertson, Constance Moore and 
Peggy Moran, and the director of the 
picture, George Marshall, will also 
attend. Reporting the event will be 
correspondents brought to Coffey- 
ville from Hollywood aboard a spe- 
cial train. 

Visitors will see a town decorated 
almost to the point of reconstruction. 
Every citizen is under duress to wear 
a ten gallon hat and a cowboy neck- 
erchief — the duress being a dunking 
in an especially built horse trough 
in the center of the town plaza. Os- 
age, Pawnee, Cherokee and Delaware 
Indians will adopt the visiting stars 
and dignitaries and will take part 
in the Pioneer Days parade in the 

Tomorrow, the players, en* route 
back to Hollywood, will attend the 
opening of "When The Daltons Rode" 
at the Uptown and Esquire Theaters, 
Kansas City. 

Universal disclosed yesterday that 
the negative of "When the Daltons 
Rode" had been flown from Holly- 
wood to Fort Lee labs, in order to 
catch pre-release dates for the pix 
in the East. Only enough prints for 
the Kansas openings were made in 
Hollywood. "U" thought it was the 
first time that a new negative had 
been flown East under such circum- 

Universal to Distribute 
Australian Feature Here 

Atlanta Concludes New 
U. S. Tax Without Effect 

Atlanta — After the first 24 days' 
test of the new Federal admission 
taxes, which were generally passed 
along to the public here, managers 
of leading first-runs are agreed that 
there has been no appreciable ad- 
verse effect on b.o. biz. Checkup 
shows that while some houses re- 
ported slight losses, others reported 
gains, with the general disposition 
to blame the drops upon unfavorable 
weather and product. 

Holyoke Mayor Bans Beano 

Holyoke, Mass. — Effective July 29, 
all Beano games and similar games 
in local theaters must cease, Mayor 
Henry J. Toepfert has ordered. 

Universal's option on the Austral- 
ian picture, "Forty Thousand Horse- 
men," has been exercised and the 
company will distribute it in Aus- 
tralia, the U. S. and possibly else- 
where, Joseph Seidelman, head of 
the foreign department, announced 
yesterday. Picture is not yet com- 
pleted. It will be edited and re- 
corded in Hollywood. 

It was said yesterday that this 
Charles Chauvel production is the 
first Australian picture to be ac- 
quired by a major American com- 
pany. Both the Australian govern- 
ment and Hoyt's are said to have 
figured in its financing. 

No Special SAG Rules 
For Slot Machine Pix 

The SAG will take no action on 
wages and working conditions of 
players appearing in films produced 
for slot machine projectors, accord- 
ing to formal advices transmitted 
through the 4 A's to Actors Equity 

Thus the only SAG requirement 
stands at a minimum salary of $25 
a day for such work. 

COminC and GOIM 


F. J. A. MCCARTHY, Universal^ Eastern s 
head, and JULES LAPIDUS, district manager, 
for Boston yesterday. 

JAMES R. GRAINGER, Republic prexy,. 
scheduled to leave New York in early Au's 
for an extended tour of key cities. 

LEO SPITZ, RKO special counsel, is 
back from the West Coast next week. 

MORT SINCER, circuit prexy, has gone 
West Coast for a Summer visit with hi 

SIGNE HASSO, Swedish actress signed 
RKO, sails from Kobe, Japan, Aug. 9 for 

HARRY A. KAUFMAN is vacationing on (j 

JAMES THOMPSON, manager of the B (j 
Carrick Theater, Chicago, and his wife are! 
a motor trip to the West Coast. 

C. F. DAVIDSON of B & K's execul 
is in the East on vacation. 

CORDON MILLS, of the Mills' Novelty j 
Chicago, is in Hollywood. 

GEORGE FREEMAN, manager of Loew-J 
Theater, Springfield, is vacationing in J 

SIDNEY LAX, Columbia shopper. New Hal 

is getting away from it all in Colchester. I 

JANE PICKENS leaves the Coast in 10 I 
or so for New York to begin rehearsals in] 
new Ed Wynn show, "The Funnies." 

FRANK ORSATTI, Hollywood agent, is si 
ping at the Waldorf-Astoria. He expects 
remain in New York for a month. 

C. W. ALEXANDER of Para, returns 
from a 12-day cruise on the Grace Liner S 
Rosa to Caribbean and Central American wa 
CHARLES McDONALD of the RKO offices 
returns on board the ship. 

The Baroness LILY HATVANY has arrive! 
Hollywood on a scripting assignment. 


here from the Coast 

WILLIAM FITELSON leaves today for a we 
vacation in Maine. 

JAMES ROOSEVELT is scheduled 
Chicago today for Hollywood. 

to I 

Herman Gluckman Quits 
Republic; to Vacation 

Herman Gluckman, who recen 
disposed of his Republic franchi 
in New York and Philadelphia 
Republic, has left the company 
though at the time the deal was • 
nounced, it was stated he would c 
tinue as general manager of 
two branches. Gluckman's resig 
tion was effective as of July 20 
was learned yesterday. He plan 
long vacation. 






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Thursday, July 25, 19 

Writ Blocks Reade 
Move to End Pool 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Jacks who charged Reade with vio- 
lating a product pool involving the 
Park, Jersey and Community The- 

Under an agreement made three 
years ago, product was to be divided 
among the Park and Jersey, operated 
by Justin and Jacks, and the Com- 
munity, operated by the Reade cir- 
cuit. Justin and Jacks, who brought 
the action, charged that Reade was 
violating- the agreement and not liv- 
ing up to the contract. The court 
ordered the rights of the parties be 
kept in status quo and the contract 
be kept in effect. 

Louis Nizer and David Wilentz 
represented the plaintiffs. Reade 
was represented by Durand, Ivens 
& Carton. 

Jacob Karp Gets Exec. 
Post at Para. Studios 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Jacob Karp, head of 
Paramount studio's legal department, 
has joined the executive staff and 
has been made assistant to Y. Frank 
Freeman and Henry Ginsberg. He 
will also continue to supervise the 
legal department. 

Sunday Movie Referendum 
Looming in Wilkes-Barre 

Wilkes-Barre — Sunday movie 
question is expected to be submitted 
to the voters here in November. 
Several other towns in Northern 
Pennsylvania also may have referen- 

Negotiating with McCleod 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Gene Towne and 
Graham Baker are negotiating with 
Norman McCleod to direct their next 
film, "How to Meet a Man," for RKO 

Sigrid Gurie Cast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 
Hollywood — Universal has cast 
Sigrid Gurie and Warren Hull for 
"The Green Hornet Strikes Again," 
a serial. It also added Billy Gilbert 
to "Seven Sinners." 

Mortimer D. Sickowitt 


William DeMille 

Arthur Lubin 

Johnny Hines 

Phillipe De Lacy 

Harry H. Zehner 

Lila Lee 

Bob Wolff 

Al Pearce 

with PHIL M. DALYi 

• • • AT a private preview in the Grand Ballroom of the 

Waldori-Astoria last night the March of Time's first full-length 

feature "The Ramparts We Watch" thrilled to the marrow 

what was certainly one of the most distinguished audiences 

in national cinema annals It wasn't mere anticipation to see the 

Louis De Rochemont produced and directed dramatic historical saga 

which brought out the brilliant conclave but undisguised avidity 

The outpouring of newspaper execs, and their staffs men 

and women prominent in public life representatives of the Army 

and Navy business and the clergy — it was a sight to behold! 

Just before "curtain" it was obvious that the Grand Ballroom 

was too small for the occasion whereupon, with characteristic in- 
genuity, the M of T and RKO solons inaugurated another showing 

in the adjacent Astor Room Well over 3,000 saw the film 

and cheered it to the echo 

T ▼ T 

• • • LOOKING around at neighbors this corner 

spied Jules Brulatour, Hope Hampton, Felix Warburg, Laurence 

Rockefeller, William Mallard Bishop William T. Manning, 

Elmer Davis, Major George Fielding Eliot, James Truslow Adams, 

Jack Alicoate, James Rowland Angell Edward Anthony, 

Julius Ochs Adler, Louis and Mrs. De Rochemont, Roy E. Larsen, 

Morris Ernst Mr. and Mrs. John E. Abbott, Chester B. Bahn, 

Edward C. Grainger, Red Kann, Col. Avery J. Cooper, U.S.A., 
Leo Brecher, Harry Brandt, Charles Casanave, Capt. J. Cary 

Jones, U.S.N Boake Carter, Lawrence Bolognino, Leon 

Bamberger, Capt. J. W. Bumkly, U.S.N and then cramps 

set into our neck from looking about While the assemblage 

cheered at the finale the RKO-M of T solons got additional 

cheer from Washington namely that the film did colossal 

biz yes'day on its opening day there at the RKO Keith Days 

like that will be very frequent for "The Ramparts We 

T T T 

• • • DOWN in ole Knoxville, Tenn., Suh. the law's the law 

and its denizens won't stand f'rany thing that violates a sin- 
gle letter of it, Suh! The Tennessee Theater found this out 

but definitely a few days ago when its promotional gents 

masked and shrouded a coupla the stand's ushers in crisp white 

sheets and had 'em parade in front of the house to bally the 

attraction — Paramount's "The Ghost Breakers" The bally boys 

carried signs, to wit: "Ghost Breakers Are Unfair To Ghosts" 

Promptly the cops appeared and hied the be-sheeted "pickets" to 

the hoosegow for flaunting the "white cap" law passed years ago 

.... to stop a reign of terror by masked parties in a certain sec- 
tion o' the state 

• • • DON'T be alarmed if you hear some strange 

sounds on B'way next Monday morn It'll be merely that 

the Globe Theater is tendering a special performance to jun- 
gle animals residing hereabouts . . . . .such as lions, tigers, el'phants, 

giraffes, et al The fauna and their owners will see "Leopard 

Men of Africa" Invitation sent out to the animals concludes 

with this ironic sentence: "If you are a bit homesick for the 

old jungle we can think of no better way to make you happy 

to be in America where you don't even have to fight for your 



July 29: Buffalo Variety Club golf tournar 
Aug. 1 : Columbus Variety Club roum > 
Brookside Country Club. 

Aug. 6: Conn. MPTO Golf Tournament, 

Brook Country Club. 
Aug. 7: Washington Warner outing, E' 

House, Bay Ridge, Md. 

Aug. 9: SPC dance, Hotel Pierre Roof. 
Aug. 20: Northern Penn. Get-Together^ i 

neaut Lake Hotel. 
Aug. 23: Washington Variety Club golf tm ' 

ment, Manor Club, Norbeck, Md. 
Aug. 26: Indianapolis Variety Club golf toi 

ment, Broadmoor Country Club. 
Aug. 27-28: West Virginia Managers / 

ciation convention, Greenbrier Hotel, V 

Sulphur Springs. 
Sept. 12-14: Biological Photographic Associ 

convention, Hotel Schroeder, Milwaukei 
Sept. 13: Philadelphia Variety Club-The Ex 

tor golf tournament, Philmont Country I 
Sept. 25-27: New Jersey Allied conven 

President Hotel, Atlantic City. 
Oct. 26: Cinema Lodge, B'nai B'rith, ban 

Hotel Pennsylvania. 

Nov. 11: A F of L convention opens, 

Nov. 21 : Motion Picture Associates ball, I 


Give Us Comedies, 
Neb. Exhibs. Appeal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

itself off from 5 to 20 per cent fil 
the 10-year average. 

Next in line are westerns wl| 
manage to get away with ace 
tomed Saturday afternoon tic 
window acclaim, and draw hea' 
from the juveniles. 

Most of the exhibitors are won 
about what to do with the anti-> 
and more general war pictures, 
cause they've thus far been very 
at the box-office. Most of them 
attempting to space them out a c 
pie of weeks apart. Odd about 
bomb-bang stuff is that there': 
strong apathy against them, e 
in the action houses. 

4 Para. Pix for Bracken 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DA\ 

Hollywood — Paramount has « 
cised its option on the services 
Eddie Bracken for four pictu 
First will be "The City That Ne 
Sleeps." The second will be an / 
rich Family film, "Dizzy and Hem 

Maurice Strauss Dead 

Cincinnati — Maurice Strauss, 
tired film executive, one time c 
nected with Universal, widely kne 
throughout the mid-East and Soi 
died at his home. 

« « « 

» » » 

V. S. Army Visions 
New Field For Tele 

Watertown, N. Y. — Use of televisior 
to direct military operations will b( ' 
attempted for the first time during th( 
Northern New York war maneuvers nex 
month, it is announced here. Arm; 
officers say they hope to watch tactica 
operations of troops engaged in th< j 
war games via portable two-way equip- 
ment. Potentialities of tele for troo| 
direction and observation prompt the ex 


Loew's Holdings 
Of Rubin Reduced 



Thursday, July 25, 19! 

(Continued from Page 1) 

1 000 shares of Paramount's $1 par 
common and now holds 4,000 shares 
of that class. In a May, 1939 re- 
port Edwin L. Weisl reports acquir- 
ing 100 shares, representing his full 
holdings in that class and 3,200 
shares of 6 per cent convertible 2nd 
preferred. Adolph Zukor, in an 
April, 1940, report states he has ac- 
quired 200 shares of $1 par common 
representing his total holdings in 
the $1 par common class and also 
acquired 200 shares of the 6 per cent 
convertible 2nd preferred, represent- 
ing his full holdings in that class. 
In December, 1939 report, Manufac- 
turers Trust Co. reports acquiring 
110 shares of 6 per cent convertible 
1st preferred bringing its total to 
5,710 shares and held as of that 
date, $3,000,000 of the 3% per cent 
convertible debentures, due 1947. 

RKO report stated Frederick L. 
Ehrman held 800 shares of common 
no par value and 75 shares of 6 
per cent convertible preferred as of 
June, 1940. Thomas P. Durell was 
reported as holding no equity se- 

Paul G. Brown has acquired 1,000 
shares of Universal Pictures $1 par 
common, it is reported. The 1,000 
shares represent his total holdings. 

Consolidated Film Industries re- 
port states E. H. Seiferthas acquired 
400 shares of $2 cumulative part pre- 
ferred to bring his total to 560 

George J. Bonwick is reported by 
Pathe Film Corp. as holding no 
equity securities. 

Pa. Get-Together on Aug. 20 

Pittsburgh — Second annual North- 
ern Exhibitors and Salesmen's Get- 
Together will be held at Conneaut 
Lake Hotel on Aug. 20. Golfing and 
other events will be held with a ban- 
quet in the evening. Honored guests 
will be Ed Lebby and Bob Lynch, 
former film representatives, who 
have recently entered into private 
business. Jack Judd is general 

Petrillo Renamed to Park Board 

Chicago — Mayor Edward Kelly has 
reappointed James C. Petrillo, presi- 
dent of the A F of M, to a five-year 
term on the Chicago Park Board. 


Springfield, Mass. — John Wolberg, 
assistant manager of Poii's Theater 
here, and Margaret Totten, New York 
photographer's model, were married 
in Grace Chapel, Trinity Church. 

Bowling Opposition Growing in Chicago, 

Willi Film Trade Figures Among Backers 

Chicago — It looks like a tougher Winter than ever for Chicago exhibs. insofar as 
bowling opposition is concerned. 

Bowling Lanes, Inc., will open a 24-alley center at 5400 Broadway about Oct. 1. 
It's a $250,000 enterprise, to be managed by Ralph Olson, well-known to the film 
trade here. 

Another new bowling venture will be the Lucky Strike alleys at 6930 S. Halstead St., 
company being formed by A. J. Bush, F. C. Hildreth and H. Tucker, all widely known 
in the trade. 

Several other centers are in prospect, with film trade execs, linked to them as backers. 

Nat'l Tele Systems Com. 
To Meet Here on July 31 

(Continued from Page 1) 

will attend the initial meeting of 
the National Television Systems 
Committee on July 31 at the Hotel 
Roosevelt, New York City. , The or- 
ganization is under the auspices of 
the RMA, with official FCC co-opera- 

The object of the organization is 
development of television standards 
to a satisfactory level of perform- 
ance for a widespread public tele- 
vision service, the RMA announces. 
J. S. Knowlson, RMA president, has 
invited companies active in televis- 
ion development, including members 
and non-members of RMA, to parti- 

GTE Profits for Quarter 
And Half Show Increase 

(Continued from Page 1) 

with $182,686 for the similar period 
in 1939. 

For the first six months of this 
year, GTE's consolidated net profit 
was $408,318 compared with $328,- 
230 for the first half of 1939. 

As of June 30, the corporation had 
592,497 shares of capital stock out- 
standing compared with 597,247 
shares on June 30, 1939. 

Pittsburgh Warner Picnic 
Will be Held on Tuesday 

Pittsburgh — Annual picnic of the 
Warner District will be held at West- 
moreland Country Club on Tuesday. 
All Warner theater managers, as- 
sistant managers and male members 
of the local Zone Office staff under 
Harry M. Kalmine, will assemble at 
the Club at noon for golf, swimming 
and other sports, to be followed with 
a banquet in the evening. 

Branch and office managers of the 
various film distributing companies 
also have been invited to attend. 

Industry Seeks Liberal 
Wage-Hour Definitions 

(Continued from Page 1) 

to definitions of executives, adminis- 
trators and professional and outside 
salesmen today. Fred Pelton and 
Homer J. Mitchell are listed to ap- 
pear for the industry. 

Hearings have been held on nu- 
merous industries in the past sev- 
eral weeks and the one starting to- 
day is designed to cover those indus- 
tries omitted. 

The Wage-Hour law exempts 
bonafide executive, administrative, 
professional and outside salesmen 
employes. The hearings are on the 
wage-hour division's rulings on such 
employes as to definition, with the 
industries seeking more liberal defi- 

"Brigham Young" to Get 
Sneak Preview in K. C. 

Location of Theaters 
Prohibited on Posters 

Carol Stone, daughter of stage and 
film actor Fred Stone, will wed Wil- 
liam McCahon, Brookline (Mass.) 
lumberman on July 31. Ceremony 
will be held in Forest Hill, L. I. 

London (By Air Mail) — Any place 
names or telephone numbers are pro- 
hibited from appearing on any the- 
atrical poster or sign, according to 
orders issued to the industry by the 
Minister of Home Security. Only 
the name of the theater may be 

Metro Outing Saturday 

Chicago — The M-G-M Employes 
Club will hold its annual outing Sat- 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Young" in about three weeks in 
Kansas City. Sidney R. Kent and 
Herman Wobber will attend from 
New York, while Joseph M. Schenck, 
Darryl F. Zanuck, William Goetz, 
Henry Hathaway and Kenneth Mac- 
gowan will lead the Western contin- 

After the preview they will discuss 
with exhibitor guests the advertis- 
ing layout, whether or not the pic- 
ture will be roadshowed and lay out 
plans for promoting the picture. 
About 40 or 50 circuit heads will be 
guests. Twentieth Century-Fox also 
plans to do this on others of its pic- 

Shore First-Runs Want 
'Boom Town' Equal Breaks 

(Continued from Page 1) 

shore spots, have descended on the 
Metro office here wanting to play 
the show at increased prices at the 
same time as the three situations in 
this territory do. 

They claim that inasmuch as they 
are first-runs and shows are always 
available at the same time as the 
three spots, there should be no pref- 

John Eurucz Dead 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — John Kurucz, 57, Hun- 
garian composer of more than 400 
published compositions, many of 
which were created for motion pic- 
tures, died of a heart attack here on 
Monday, it was learned yesterday. 

Warner Bros. Report 
Net of $2,450,713 

(Continued from Page 1) 

per share on 99,617 of outstandi 
preferred and to 58 cents on 3,70 
090 shares of outstanding comm< 
Dividends in arrears on the p; 
ferred as at June 1, amounted 
$317,625 it is noted in the repori 

The net profit from operation* ! 
the 39 weeks ending May 25, bert 
charges for amortization and dep: 
ciation of properties, and Federal 
come taxes, was $7,213,880.85. 
$76,375,905 Gross Income 

The gross income, after elimin 
ing intercompany transactions, ] 
the 39 weeks ending May 25, v, 
$76,375,905.13. The comparal 
gross income for the 39 weeks ei 
ing May 27, 1939 was $78,387,001. 

Of the gross income, film ren 
income, theater admissions, sal 
and miscellaneous income account \ 
for $73,371,184.33 and rents fr< 
tenants and royalties for $3,00 

The report notes that $20,52 
449.35 went for the amortization j 
film costs, $1,414,640.11 for otrj 
costs, including royalties and pt 
ticipations, and $45,130,514.46 i 
operating and general expenses. ! 
$162,922 to Earned Surplus 

Released productions, at cost h 
amortization, are carried at $6,74 j 
487.91, productions completed, n 
released, at cost, at $5,757,742.6 1 1 
productions in progress and charg 
to future productions, at cost, 
$1,813,068.28, and rights and sol 
narios unproduced, at cost less i( 
serves of $428,716.74, at $1,64: 

Cash position is reported at $! 
387,399.94, while goodwill is valu 
at $8,331,776.91. 

During the period there was . 
net credit of $162,922.82 made ci 
rectly to earned surplus, which ( 
May 25 last stood at |4,225,682.-1 . 

Heywood-Wake field Turns 
1939 Loss Into a Profit 

Gardner, Mass. — Operations 
Heywood- Wakefield, theater se; 
manufacturers, for the first s 
months ended June 30 resulted, a 
ter provision for all charges, in 
net profit of $75,005 compared wii| 
a loss of $125,519 for the same pe 
iod a year ago, the company aij 
nounced yesterday. 

Shipments were 11 per cent 
excess of those in the correspom 
ing period of 1939. 

Richard N. Greenwood, organiz;; 
tion's president, informed stockholi 
ers that incoming business continur 
in satisfactory volume and that ui j 
filled orders at June 30 were larg* 
than at the close of the March qua: 


Indianapolis — Herbert Kenne; 
theatrical editor, Indianapolis New 
is the father of a seven pound bo: 
born in St. Vincent's Hospital here. 

c ■ 


day, July 25, 1940 

evieuis of neuj turns 


"The Fugitive" 

| h Ralph Richardson, Diana Wynyard 
| fcrsal 76 Mins. 


Iched to this suspenseful, rugged vehicle 
\ human interest assures its scoring 
the rank and file of filmgoers is some 
e best acting unleashed by any photo- 
of the year. 

Iph Richardson, the central figure in 
gripping happenings, turns in a per- 
jnce which is bound to receive close 
careful scrutiny on the part of our 
stry's Academicians when the time 
:s for dispensing the coveted Oscars, 
e is a fine flavor to the Richardson 
ionics, which smack of the great Emil 
lings at the latter's best, and it must 
ecorded that Diana Wynyard, who plays 
•femme lead, contributes no small share 
■he brilliancy of the proceedings. Sup- 
mg players are excellent, particularly 
-y Oscar, although cast in a role which 
call up but little patron sympathy. 
ie story, an adaptation of F. L. Green's 
I "On the Night of the Fire," is solid, 
:t, and studded with action. It recounts 
inability of a hard-working city barber 
esist the temptation of stealing a few 
red dollars which a careless cashier 
left exposed to theft. The temptation 
ie barber is actuated chiefly by the de- 
to get his wife and his child — as well 
imself, — out of the miserable life they 
forced to live in the slums. After steal- 
the money, he discovers that his wife 
eavily in debt to a loan shark merchant, 
pays the debt in the stolen bills, 
f e villainous merchant, when confronted 
he police, goes on to blackmail the bar- 
knowing that the latter is the thief. 
rid himself of the blackmailer, the bar- 
kills him. Inevitably the law closes 
-jut there is whirlwind drama before the 
ing finale is reached. 
The Fugitive" is potent entertainment, 
ented via superb direction and cast 

Write it down as a hit. 
AST: Ralph Richardson, Diana Wyn- 
, Romney Brent, Mary Clare, Henry 
ar. Dave Crowley, Gertrude Musgrove, 
lerick Lister, Ivan Brandt, Sara Allgood, 
mis Johns. 

REDITS: Producer, Josef Somlo; Direc- 
Brian Desmond Hurst; Author, Fred- 
k Laurence Green; Screenplay, Brian 
mond Hurst, Patrick Kirwan, Terence 
ng; Director of Photography, Gunther 



fosevelt Delivers 10 
in-in-Slot Pix to Mills 

Chicago — James Roosevelt has de- 
'sred 10 coin-in-slot short subjects 
the Mills Novelty Co., completing 
contract. He stated here that 
»er subjects would be made as 

•^iloosevelt is enthusiastic over the 
-• 'ance bookings for "Pastor Hall," 

fglish-made film he acquired and 
ich United Artists is releasing. 
leaves today for Hollywood. 


"How High Is Up?" 

Columbia 16 mins. 

Typical Stooges Slapstick 

This will tickle the Three Stooges' 
fans. In one of their escapes from 
a mob, they join a line of riveters 
and are set to work high on a build- 
ing. After a number of slapstick 
episodes, they are chased off the 
building by the foreman, making 
their escape via parachute. 

"Going Places No. 79" 

Universal 9 mins. 

Fair Travelogue 

Shots of various curiosities along 
the Pacific Coast should hold inter- 
est. Included are a sea lion rookery 
in caves near Florence, Ore., some 
scenes of clam digging, interesting 
view of spherical stones found along 
the coast, and a spot on the Oregon 
coast where agates are found and 
polished into gems. 

"Stranger Than Fiction No. 80" 

Universal 9 l /z mins. 

Weak Subject 

About the only scenes of real in- 
terest in this one are those of the 
man who builds scale models of 
bridges, etc., out of toothpicks. Bal- 
ance of the reel includes shots of a 
girl who is learning welding, an 
eight-year-old strong girl, a one- 
man factory, a woman who makes 
rain clothes of discarded inner tubes 
and one of those miniature steam 

"Trifles of Importance" 

(Passing Parade) 

M-G-M 10 mins. 

Interesting Reel 

Three trifling things are enlarged 
upon in this John Nesbitt film that 
will maintain audience attention. 
First is the story of the seven 
years old secret organization of Uni- 
versity of Virginia and how it 
anonymously helps out when wrong 
is done at the school. Another epi- 
sode analyses "doodles," the scrawls 
people write when their minds are 
on something else, and shows how 
phychologists believe the scrawls are 
an insight to character. Last part 
of the picture shows how the style 
of men's clothing has been influenced 
by trifling incidents in history. 

"Screen Snapshots No. 9" 

Columbia 10 mins. 

Corney Humor 

The addition of Ken Murray as 
conductor of the Snapshots does not 
do this subject any good. Murray 
pulls a number of the oldest gags 
on record between shots of the 
screen celebrities at play. Best shots 
of some tennis matches between 
teams of professionals and the 
younger film players including 
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. 

"Impresses as being a burlesque of 'Rebecca' or 'The 
Ghost Breakers.' Lots of laughs and more than the 
usual serving of suspense." —Exhibitor 

"Members of the screen's mischievous juvenile set 
provide ample cause for laughs." 

— Motion Picture Daily 

"Action-full meller has lots of laughs, should 
go over with audiences." —Film Daily 

Thursday, July 25, 15 


Allied Asks Buying 
Wait on Its Survey 

{Continued from Page 1) 

Rossiter and Pete J. Wood, attended 
the organization session. Abram F. 
Myers was named counsel. 

An elaborate program for gather- 
ing buying data from Allied mem- 
bers and other exhibs. who voluntar- 
ily co-operate in the plan was for- 
mulated. Questionnaires are to be 
sent to all co-operating exhibitors, 
and composite reports will be circu- 
lated in return. Questionnaires will 
be mailed each month during the 
selling season with the initial quer- 
ies, to be sent out early next month 
asking the following: 

What Allied Wants to Know 
Population of town; whether 
single or dual policy; number of 
features required for a year, 
and type of competition. As to 
each distributor, the number of 
features offered; number bought 
by the exhib.; number of 
features in each bracket bought 
on percentage, on preferred 
playing time, and on flat rentals; 
cancellation privilege granted; 
whether newsreels or shorts 
were forced; whether flat rentals 
were higher or lower than the 
previous year and percentage of 
rentals to gross on the previous 
year's contract. 

Space will be allowed for com- 
ment and there may be requests for 
additional information on special 

Won't Seek Unified Action 

The committee emphasized that 
participation in the service will be 
voluntary and exhibitors will be cau- 
tioned not to sign or add any iden- 
tifying notations to the question- 
naires. Exhibs. are to make such use 
of the data as they see fit and no 
effort will be made to secure uni- 
fied action on the basis of the in- 
formation reported. 

The avowed object of the service 
is to place sellers and buyers on an 
equal footing by affording the latter 
the same market information en- 
joyed by the former. First com- 
posite reports will be ready in Sep- 
tember and the committee said it 
was hopeful that further buying will 
be held to a minimum until exhibs. 
can have the benefit of accumulated 
experience up to that time. 

In the meantime, exhibitors are 
cautioned not to accept as irre- 
vocable the establisned terms of sev- 
eral distributors as reported in trade 
papers, the committee claiming that 
such terms would be generally ruin- 

During the September meeting of 
the Allied of New Jersey, the com- 
mittee will hold another session. 

Heat Wave Hits Chicago B.O. 

Chicago — Heat wave has cut ap- 
preciably into attendance at Chicago 
pix theaters. Film exchange em- 
ployes are dismissed eax - ly because 
of the extreme heat. 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 
JOE KANE. Producer-Director. Born San Diego, Calif., March 19, 1894. Re- 
yJ ceived education in Southern California, planned career as musician, and 
upon leaving school was employed as cellist in various theater orchestras. 
Enlisted in the army during World War 1 at Camp 
Kearney and received rating as Sergeant of 47th 
Machine Gun Battalion. Mustered out in 1918. 
Obtained studio employment as sideline player in 
silent films. Began writing for pictures free-lance, 
and desiring more knowledge of technical side of 
industry took position as assistant director and 
film editor for RKO-Pathe and Paramount until 
signed by Republic in 1935 and has been there 
ever since. Directed seventeen "Autrys" as first 
chore for Republic. In 1939 was made Producer- 
Director of Roy Rogers films. Has made 45 western 
and action features for Republic in past five years. 
Height, 6 feet. Weight, 185 lbs. 

Scophony to Launch 
U. S. Tele Branch 

Nazis Slap Ban 
On American Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 

more than a month, but definite con- 
firmation has been lacking. Foreign 
department heads, however, appear 
to agree on the report that only 
Berlin-approved pictures are being 
shown in the invaded countries. 

German Embassy "Presumes" 
Ban Policy to be Extended 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The German Em- 
bassy said yesterday that while it 
lacked official advices, it "presumed" 
cables to the effect that Germany 
had banned all but German and 
Dutch films from occupied Dutch 
territory were correct. Further, the 
Embassy "presumed" the policy 
would be followed in other occupied 
territories. At the State Depart- 
ment, it was said that inasmuch as 
the U. S. was not officially involved, 
there would be no action. The offi- 
cial attitude was that the Nazi move 
was more or less to be expected. 

10- 15c Houses in Portland 
Gain Biz Under New Levies 

Portland, Ore. — Downtown subse- 
quent runs charging 10 and 15 cents 
have been experiencing biz gains 
since the new Federal admission tax 
became effective. Exhib. practice 
here generally was to increase prices 
to give the house a penny breakage. 

Scranton Team Using 
Hosiery to Lure Gals 

Scranton— You can't blame exhibs. 
here from chuckling over the fact 
that the local Eastern Baseball 
League team has topped its prizes 
for male patrons with a hosiery 
giveaway for the femmes. 

Friedman In 16 mm Field 

Chicago — Jack Friedman has or- 
ganized the Monarch Film Co. with 
offices at 1250 S. Wabash Ave. to 
distribute 16 mm. film. 

Para. Partners Fear 
Buying Power Loss 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tion they cannot reach any decision 
in the matter, they are registering 
objections, as they view them, to spe- 
cific provisions in the decree drafts. 

One of the principal concerns of 
the theater men is the effect of any 
decree on their buying power. With 
the Government reported insistent 
upon local buying, affiliated circuits 
would suffer the loss of the buying 
power advantage now enjoyed by 
the major chains. 

Counsel for not only Paramount 
but other of the "Big Five" are un- 
derstood discussing the consent pro- 
posals with the theater men who 
transferred their deliberations from 
Atlantic City to New York on Mon- 

Yesterday's scheduled conference 
between Government and defense 
counsel was postponed until today, 
reportedly at the request of Para- 
mount. A further postponement un- 
til tomorrow is likely this morning. 
When the joint meetings are re- 
sumed, the defense and Government 
are slated to exchange written re- 
actions to the consent provisions as 
tentatively agreed upon. 

British National to Film 
History of England 

London (By Air Mail) — "This 
England." an original story by A. 
R. Rawlinson and Bridget Boland 
will be filmed by British National, 
John Corfield announces. It will be 
filmed out of doors and will be the 
most ambitious undertaking in BN's 
history. Emlyn Williams and John 
Clements are to star with David 
Macdonald directing. 

Story will deal with English his- 
tory from the Roman invasion up 
to the threat of German invasion. 

Henry McCarrell Dead 

Bedford, Ind. — Henry E. McCar- 
rell, 60, manager of the Bedford 
theater is dead here. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

unit, depends, of course, on FCC 
proval, but it is reported that si 
stantial financial backing already r 
been obtained. 

All types and sizes of Scopht 
equipment are in New York awaiM- 
release from customs. In add^ 
to the 15-foot screen model, th 
are intermediate sets including I ' 
6x5 foot screen, the 4x3 foot, ■ 
24 x 20 inch and the 18 inch. Tl 
are adaptable to the American 4 
line standards and are capable 
being stepped up to the 507 or ^ 
line standard. 

Two Key City Stations 

Present plans call for the est;] 
lishment of Scophony television s 
tions in two key cities. Manufact , 
ing of sets is the principal goal 
the new company. 

Scophony sets are made for va 
ous types of public places, includi 
theaters, restaurants, small ca I 
and homes. 

Two engineers are en route fr 
London to supervise installations z 
three others are scheduled to sail 
about two weeks. Sol Sagall, h« 
of the company, has tentative res ' 
vations to leave Lisbon by clipper 
Aug. 3. 

Levey said that Scophony tele 
sion had scored a tremendous suce> 
in two London theaters. On d 
occasion the Odeon Theater prese 
ed an exclusive television progr 
for a championship boxing bo 
Levey said, adding that only the oj 
break of the war prevented spee 
progress of the enterprise. 

Home sets with screens 24 x ] 
inches will be lower than pres< 
scales of $395. 

GB-Gainsborough to Filr 
Wells' "Kipps," Two Othe 

London (By Air Mail)— GB-Gai 
borough announces through its chi 
Maurice Ostrer, a group of thii 
features to be made at Shephei 
Bush. First will be "Inspector Ho 
leigh Goes to It," starring Gore . 
Harker and Alastair Sim, to be f ■ 
lowed by H. G. Wells's "Kipps," st; 
ring Michael Redgrave and M-; 
garet Lockwood, with Carlo Reed j 
recting. Third production will b< 
new version of the old thriller, "l\ 
Ghost Train," with Arthur Ah 

The Hornleigh picture and "Kipj 
are for 20th Century-Fox release a 
Phyllis Calvert, recent "find," v- 
appear in both. 

Lancaster Eatery Starts 
Pix Theater as Auxiliary 

Lancaster, Pa. — McMinn's, sub 
ban eating spot, has opened a 3' 
seat open air theater as an auxilif 
draw. Two shows are given night 
with admission at 20 cents. Colu 
bia pix have been booked. 



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:o„se„M>ecree ConfabTSaU Near Showdown 

?cision on Settlement 
I Suit Reported as Due 
ithin Next Few Days 

I Consent decree discussions among 
ustry and Government attorneys 
ved rapidly toward a showdown 
terday when it was indicated that 
ecision, one way or another, would 
I reached within the next few days. 
j was understood, following yes- 
' J ay's sessions, that a point had 
i reached where further delibera- 
? were useless and that the next 
would be a consent decree or re- 
ption of the trial, 
iramount Theater partners hav- 

(Coiitiniied on Page 7) 

•ur Circuits Not 
pposing Decree 

vlajor circuits, aside from those 
jljiarated by Paramount partners, are 
: opposed to a consent decree in 
! Government's equity suit, it was 
rned yesterday. While portions 
the settlement proposals do not 
et their full approval, circuit ex- 
itives would prefer a decree to a 
g and expensive trial. 
Many of the clauses, it was said, 
>uld be re-written and the word- 

(Coutinued on Page 4) 

iuc. Film Institute 
(Sceives Sloan Grant 

A \ T ew York University's Education- 
Film Institute has received "a 
)stantial grant" for the coming 
ir from the Sloan Foundation, it 
s said yesterday by Spencer Pol- 
d, director, in refutation of pub- 
| r aed reports that the Foundation 

(Continued on Page 7) 


War tiers Buy First 
of Straivhat Pieces 

First Hollywood purchase of a new 
play tried out this season in a straw- 
hat house was reported yesterday. Piece 
is a comedy, "Four Cheers for Mothers," 
by Phil Dunning and L. A. Lighton, and 
the company buying, Warners. Comedy 
had a tryout at the Red Barn, Locust 
Valley, L. I. 

Summer Takes No Toll of Texas Theaters; 

Modern Cooling Plants Solve Heat Problem 

Dallas — State-wide survey shows there is not a single closing attributable to the 
Summer season. Interstate and Robb & Rowley, largest operators in the territory, 
have all houses open. 

Ceneral resort to air conditioning and cooling systems in Texas theaters have 
solved the heat problem. Business for the first six months is reported as off slightly, 
with the highest estimate 10 per cent. 

Loss of Tourists 
Hits Detroit Biz 

Detroit — Downtown Detroit the- 
aters are losing business from the 
continuance of American restrictions 
against Americans re-entering the 
country from Canada without ade- 
quate proof of citizenship. The bor- 
der situation still remains very 
stringent in regulation, although 
some modifications have been worked 

Houses lost Canadian business en- 
tirely, due to the requirements of 
the Canadian Government against 
taking currency out of Canada. 
Typical is the Family Theater, op- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Money Restrictions 
For Foreign Employes 

Paramount employes yesterday 
were instructed to fill out citizenship 
questionnaires in line with a recent 
Presidential proclamation concerning 
the restriction of money. All com- 
panies will eventually follow the 
same course. 

Employes who are citizens of 
countries invaded by Germany and 
who are receiving $500 a month or 
more must so designate on the ques- 
tionnaire. Their salaries will be de- 
posited in a bank instead of paid to 
the employes themselves. The alien 
employes then will not be permitted 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Great Cast for U.S.-U.K. 
Charities Pix, 'Rafters Ring' 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Production on "The 
Rafters Ring," proceeds of which 
will go to American and British char- 
ities, will start August 19 with Rob- 
ert Stevenson acting as producer and 
director. George Schaefer, prexy of 
RKO, has arranged for his company 
to advance production costs on bank 

(Continued on Page 6) 

B & K Theaters to Offer 
Tele Programs in Lounges 

B & K and subsidiary circuit 
houses in Chicago will offer tele- 
vision programs in their lounge 
rooms by Jan. 1 when the B & K 
television station is scheduled to 
start operations. 

At least 100 DuMont receiving 
sets in its theaters are expected to 

(Continued on Page 7) 

MP PDA Asks Hour Exemptions 

Would Free 5,338 from Law's Restrictions 

20-Fox Queries Branches 
On Muni for "Hudson" Role 

Twentieth Century - Fox branch 
managers are being queried as to 
their approval or disapproval of cast- 
ing Paul Muni in the top role of 
"Hudson's Bay Company." Since 
Muni has parted from Warner Bros, 
and is now available, 20th-Fox execs. 
(Continued on Page 8) 

| Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Exemption of 5,338 
employes out of an average employ- 
j ment of 18,541 persons in the film 
I industry from the hour provisions 
' of the Wage-Hour Act was asked 
yesterday by Homer I. Mitchell, rep- 
resenting the MPPDA. Mitchell 
spoke for the industry at the Wage- 
Hour Board's hearing on redefini- 
tion of executive, administrative and 
(Continued on Page 8) 

50% Less Dark Houses in 
N. Y.; Exhibs. Generally 
Avoid Seasonal Closings 

Despite reported dips in business, 
Summer closings in not only the met- 
ropolitan area but throughout the 
country generally are far fewer than 
a year ago, a Film Daily survey 
yesterday established. 

Healthy state of exhibition in the 
New York territory is reflected in 
a check-up of houses currently shut- 
tered, as recorded by the Film 
Board of Trade. 

At least 50 per cent fewer houses 
are dark in the area this Summer, 
as compared to last, it is revealed, — 
the list totaling 21 stands, as fol- 
lows, with their circuit affiliation, if 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Philly Exhibitors 
Bucking the Heat 

Philadelphia — Summer closings in 
the important Philly territory are 
not more than normal and if any- 
thing are less. The early cool spell 
was a break for houses and although 
heat has been here a week, no rush 
of closings has resulted. Some 
houses have taken advantage of 
summer to close temporarily for pos- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

20th-Fox Sues Century, 
Claims Contract Broken 

Century Circuit, Inc. of N. Y. was 
named defendant yesterday in a suit 
filed in N. Y. Supreme Court by 20th 
Century-Fox Film Corp. which seeks 
some $30,000 for a claimed breach 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Fewer Bill Changes 
in Oklahoma Spots. 

Oklahoma City — Film salesmen have 
been bringing back many reports of re- 
duction in the number of changes per 
week in theaters in the small towns 
over the state. Many have dropped from 
four changes to three a week, during 
the past month and those with three 
changes have been dropped to two a 
week in many instances. These changes 
are obviously made to cut down the 
house "nut" to allow a profit. 


Friday, July 26, 1< 

Vol. 78, No. 19 Fri., July 26, 1940 10 Cents 



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CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

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(July 30) 
Secretary — 10 years' experience in 
motion picture industry, excellent 

1501 Bway. New York City 

Int. Film Center Will 
Have British Section 

The British Government has ac- 
cepted an invitation to establish a 
British Section of International Film 
Center on an experimental basis. 
This Section, which is under the 
control of International Film Cen- 
ter, will co-operate in bringing to 
this country and making available 
for general distribution, British 
films of educational value. Richard 
Ford has been appointed by the 
British Government to take charge 
of the British Section. 

International Film Center, created 
to promote international understand- 
ing through the international inter- 
change of films, has been instrumen- 
tal in bringing to this country films 
from Finland, Holland, England, 
Canada, and the Latin-American Re- 
publics, and has sent selected Amer- 
ican films of educational value all 
over the world. 

Members of the Board are James 
T. Shotwell, of the Committee on 
Intellectual Co-operation; George F. 
Zook, of the American Council on 
Education; Luther Gulick, of the In- 
stitute of Public Administration; 
William Berrien, of Northwestern 
University; Henry Goddard Leach, 
of the American Scandinavian Foun- 
dation; and Richard J. Walsh, of 
Asia magazine. 

Sound Track Bulletins 
Released to Industry 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The Research Council 
of the Academy of Motion Picture 
Arts and Sciences has started distri- 
bution throughout the industry of a 
bulletin confining specifications for 
standard release print sound track 
which will hereafter be used by all 
studios participating in the Research 
Council co-operative technical pro- 

The report publishtd in the Bul- 
letin, prepared by the Council's Com- 
mittee on Sound Track Standards 
under the chairmanship of Wesley 
C. Miller of Metro Studios, contains 
a drawing showing all of the details 
of the specifications and an explana- 
tory report detailing the Commit- 
tee's consideration leading to its 
adoption of the approved specifica- 

Theater "Hosiery Night' 
Introduced in Detroit 

Detroit — Hosiery Night is making 
its bow here at the Harmony Thea- 
ter, operated by the Krim Circuit. 
Every lady buying an adult ticket 
gets a hosiery coupon, and may re- 
ceive a pair of hosiery for 25 cents 
upon presenting three coupons on 
Wednesday night. 

Plan is distributed nationally by 
Distributors, Inc., which is opening 
offices in the Film Exchange Build- 
ing here. Organizers are W. W. 
Bailey, W. R. Young, J. E. L. Dea- 
con and H. V. Gilbert. 

WCAU Gets Permit for New 
Philly Television Station 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — FCC yesterday 
granted a construction permit for a 
new Philadelphia television station, 
to be operated by WCAU Broadcast- 
ing Co. The new station will be on 
television channel No. 5 (84,000- 
90,000 kilocycles) with 1 kilowatt 
aural and visual power. 

WCAU 'proposes to experiment 
with 441 to 729 lines and 15 to 30 
frames, and to study the effect of 
tall buildings, hills and obstructions. 

Nova Scotia Theaters 
Tops in Canadian Drive 

Montreal — The Canadian film in- 
dustry's drive to sell War Savings 
Stamps through the medium of free 
shows resulted in the disposition of 
$695,448 worth of stamps by 968 
co-operating theaters, with 61 small 
houses still to report but expected 
to raise the total to $700,000 when 
they do. Nova Scotia had the high- 
est per seat average, obtaining $1.90, 
and the highest theater average of 
$1,120. Drive's goal was $1,000,000. 

"Rebecca" in Third Week 
Gains Ground in London 

London (By Cable) — Who said 
there's a war? Selznick's "Re- 
becca" at the Gaumont theater here 
in its third week topped the biz of 
the opening and second stanzas. 

New York Strand Gets 
"Sea Hawk" on Aug. 9 

Warners' "The Sea Hawk" defi- 
nitely goes into the New York 
Strand on Aug. 9 as a pre-release, 
the home office confirmed yesterday. 
National release is Aug. 31. 

COfniriG and COM 

MORT BLUMENSTOCK, in charge of ad 
ing and publicity for Warners in the Eas 
JOSEPH BERNHARD, general manager of . 
ner Theaters, leave tonight on the Stra: j 
for the Burbank studios. They will be 
about a week. 

ARTHUR RIPLEY is due in New York s 
from the Coast to confer on the Francis H 
play, "Anne Boleyn," which he will dij 

HORACE MacMAHON has left the^fj 
join his wife, Louise Campbell, in Skow 
Maine, where he is to appear opposite I 
a play. 

GENE ECKMAN, aged 12, arrives at the 
lot on Tuesday from Atlanta for a test f> 
role of Jody in "The Yearling." 

BURGESS MEREDITH has arrived at the 
from New York. 

MORAN are due back at the Coast the 
of the week from their trip East. 

shortly, having completed the script of ' 
of the Wilderness" for M-C-M. While 
he expects to write a play for Fall prodt 

Lord Cr Thomas, are in Hollywood for two 
inspecting new RKO product. 

WALTER KANE is here from the Coast 
business trip. 

E. D. VENTURINI is due to leave Holl 
by train Monday to complete arrangemen 
his independent western picture, "Doc H> 
of Tombstone." 

BOB TAYLOR, Monogram Pictures m. 
at St. Louis, accompanied by MRS. TAYL 
enjoying a two weeks' vacation at Nisswa, 

BOB WILLIAMS of Warner Bros.' New 
publicity department has arrived on the 
for a two weeks' business visit. 

RICK RICKETSON, Fox Intermountain g 
manager, is in New York for two weeks. 

HARRY GOETZ, associate producer witt 
Gordon, is in New York from the Coast. 

Three Set for Music Hall 

Radio City Music Hall has I 
"South of Pago Pago" (UA), "II 
and Prejudice" (Metro) and "L 1 
Partner" (RKO Radio) as atl] 
tions to follow ATAHT in that o:i 




'Pride and Prejudice' riproaring comedy 
Jarson had such a role." 

plenty of real laughs. 

Not since 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' has Greer 
— Louella O. Parsons, Nationwide Columnist 

Delightful . . . brought to life by one of the finest groups of characterizations in recent memory. The production 
y Hunt Stromberg is truly magnificent; the direction by Robert Z. Leonard marked with adroit master crafts- 
manship . . . Due for considerable boxoffice attention . . . Greer Garson exquisite." — Hollywood Reporter 

, As up-to-the-minute as today. . .Well done and splendidly acted. . . Directed with skill." — Box Office Magazine 

An altogether delightful and moving romantic comedy . . . For the prospective audience of millions who have 
ead and re-read Jane Austen's tale, there has been added the attractive lure of big marquee names." 

— Motion Picture Daily 

The cast guarantees good representation at the boxoffice." — Showmen's Trade Review 

Delightful comedy . . . offers two hours of charming entertainment . . . Robert Leonard turns out his most 
•rilliant work . . . Greer Garson demonstrates again her stellar calibre . . . Laurence Olivier in a role as impressive 
s any he has played.. .This type of comedy should be most welcome and is calculated to please women especially." 

— Daily Variety 

Audiences are going to get a real lift out of this M-G-M production . . . Greer Garson's first real opportunity 
ince 'Goodbye Mr. Chips.' Olivier in excellent form." — Harrison Carroll, Los Angeles Herald Express 

One of the most charming pictures to reach screen in many months . . . Greer Garson reveals herself expert 
n characterizations glistening with comedy . . . Laurence Olivier is at his 
omantic best." — Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times 

'Lavishly mounted picturization of Jane Austen's famed novel." 

— The Exhibitor 

'Handsome production . . . acted with consummate skill . . . performers at 
heir best . . . Robert Z. Leonard has done a splendid job." 

— Harry Mines, Los Angeles News 

i 'Splendid entertainment; cast, production and direction topnotch." 

/ j —Film Daily 



Loss of Tourists 
Hits Detroit Biz 



Friday, July 26, 19- 

(Continued from Page 1) 

erated by E. E. Kirchner, as the key- 
vnn house of the downtown zone. 
Canadian money taken in at the box- 
office averaged $300 a week until 
recently — now it has slumped to $2 
top a week. 

The American restrictions, how- 
ever, have further discouraged 
American tourists from coming to 
Detroit, usually by way of the over- 
Canada route through Niagara Falls 
or Buffalo, which is the shortest 
route between the East and North 
Central states. Tourists usually 
stopped at downtown hotels, and 
visited a downtown show, but this 
business has vanished, Kirschner 
said, box-office grosses falling se- 
verely as a result. 

Probe Disappearance 
Of Garden Theater Mgr. 

Disappearance of Walter Ebeling, 
31, manager of the 86th St. Garden 
Theater in Yorkville which features 
German films, was reported yester- 
day to be under investigation of 
local police and Federal agents. 

Ebeling, a naturalized citizen of 
Swedish birth, was allegedly seen 
last on July 9 in South Bend, Ind. 

Inquiry last night brought a 
guarded statement from the theater 
to the effect that personnel there 
knows only that Ebeling left some 
time ago on his vacation and has not 

Redman Dies in Englewood 

Englewood, N. J. — Frank E. Red- 
man, 61, special patrolman at Fort 
Lee, N. J., and former property man 
for several film studios, died here 
on Wednesday as a result of a cere- 
bral hemorrhage while on duty. At 
one time he was chief property man 
for the Famous-Lasky studio in 
Fort Lee, and when this studio was 
discontinued he worked for Para- 
mount Pictures, Inc., in New York. 



JULY 26 
Emil Jannings 
Charles Butterworth 
C. L. Yearsley 
Nat Levine 
JULY 27 
Natalie Moorehead Joseph Quillan 

Charles Vidor Lawrence Gray 

Albert Wetzel 

JULY 28 
Rudy Vallee Edward Martindel 

Skeets Gallagher Joe E. Brown 

Blanche Mehaffy 

T T T 

• • • ONCE upon a time in the not so long ago the 

average Chamber of Commerce with sparse exception was 

virtually synonymous with a Chamber of Horrors so horrified were 

its solons if a film publicist suggested that the august body 

co-operate in putting across a movie in the community In 

turn, the publicist was a mite horrified to contemplate that C of C 

birds couldn't see beyond their respective noses that many movies 

packed potent power to benefit the community in many ways 

especially pictures which had an association with the community 

Ignorance, habit and incompetency appear to have been the widespread 

elements in the narrow minds of the C of C nabobs 

Hence, the publicist far more often than not wasted his sweet 

suggestion on the desert air 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • BUT came the dawn and today the shoe is 

patently on the other foot Now, the frequency with which 

C of C's directly or indirectly beat paths to the doors of 

picture companies to get the latter to accord world premieres 

and such to their particular town is almost boring 

In the dear (?) dead past the pix companies have been 

known to tremblingly offer inducements to the community 

but in the dear, live present it's the other way 'round 

One of the best examples of how amazingly the worm has 

turned is the private report out of Nashville, Tenn 

that the said town spent considerable dough — its co-operat- 
ing residents we mean — in putting on a big bally in 

conjunction with the premiere there of Republic's "Grand 

Ole Opry" Considerably more than a rumor has it that 

the big doings down Nazhville way cost Republic a grand 

total of about $8.50 

T T T 

• • • THE "hot spot" of Broadway exploitationally speaking 

(and how it speaks!) is that series of banners stretching 

across the entire forehead of the building which houses Loew's 

Criterion, the disused International Casino, et al These banners 

tell the crossroads of the world and the multi-thousands of enter- 
tainment seekers thereon that the Walt Disney Festival will open 

tomorrow at the aforementioned Criterion "Snow White" and a 

slick selection of Walt's most famous short films will be on the program 

They're all proclaimed on the banners which collectively measure 

300 feet long and nine feet deep RKO-Radio. the Disney forces 

and Loew's Criterion are collaborating on the Festival 

T T T 

e • • STUFF: Hark! — the Jeb Stuart conducting the 

Movie Quizz Program on Tuesdays o'er WEVD is none other than 
Jess (Paramount) Goodman Meyer Hutner of the Journal- 
American drama desk has completed a movie original, "Ex- 
Lawyer," which is makin' rounds of the studios Howard 

Wilson, theater mgr. of Findlay, Ohio, is doin' his durndest to 
grab the world premiere of Republic's "Down by the Old Mill 

Stream" for his house and town Joe Bernes of Sol Bernes 

Booking Exchange, Detroit; Miss Lillian Spear of Dubinsky Bros. 
Theaters, St. Joe, Mo.; and Alex Schreiber, Associated Theaters 
of Detroit prexy, were 'mong out-of-town industry-ites to visit 

the RKO Radio Exhibs' Lounge this week Wotta bill the 

local Paramount will flash commencing Wednesday, what with 
"The Boys From Syracuse" on the screen and Allan Jones and 
Irene Hervey (stars o' the attraction appearing in person) plus 

Xavier Cugat's ork and Ray Bolger Everybody in the biz is 

watching "The Ramparts We Watch" 

Four Circuits Not 
Opposing Decree 

(Continued from Page 1) 

age changed. Opposition to the pi 
vision which would permit an [ 
hibitor with less than five theat< 
to obtain any run he desires a 
was expressed. 

Circuits which are said to d/S 
favor a consent decree or ar?»* 
opposed to one are Loew's, RK 
Warner Bros, and National Theate 

Air Conditioned Nabes 
Lick Heat In Detroit 

Detroit — Air conditioning in ns 
theaters is proving effective in coi 
batting the effect of the torrid we 
on biz. The first few days of 1 
heat wave, patronage fell off sha; 
ly, as the public generally sou| 
amusement relief in parks a 
beaches. After a few experiem 
proving that the weather is "ji 
as hot out as it is at home," th 
turned back to the cooled theat' 
for recreation and relief from 1 

Typical reaction comes from I 
Hollywood Theater, one of the la: 
est nabes. After dropping off t 
weeks ago, business has returr 
to around 75 per cent of normal, c< 
sidered very satisfactory- 
Downtown biz is off more. 

Walt Disney Festival 
In Five Towns 

The Disney Festival "Snow Wh 
and the Seven Dwarfs," in assoc 
tion with "The Ugly Duckling," "1 
Practical Pig," "Ferdinand the Bv 
and "Donald's Lucky Day," openi 
at the Criterion tomorrow, is playi 
concurrently at the Blue Mouse T 
ater, Seattle; the Century, Rochest 
Palace, Akron; Hippodrome, Buffs 
and the Paramount, Syracuse, 
will be given immediate general 

K-A-O to Pay 1938 Dividend 

K-A-O's board has declared a di | 
dend, out of operating surplus, 
$1.75 per share on the 7 per c< 
cumulative convertible pref err 
stock for the quarter ended Mai 
31, 1938, payable on Oct. 1, to 1 
holders of record of said stock 
the close of business on Sept. 16 

55th St. Playhouse Closing 

The 55th St. Playhouse clo: 
Sunday night, with reopening set i 
Labor Day when "Schubert's Se 
nade," French pix, will have its U. 


Ben S. Agren, Producers Rele: 
ing Corp. executive, was marr 
last night to Dorothy Alice Per: 
at the Hotel Adams. The couple v 
honeymoon in the Poconos. 

WASHINGTON: box-office reports 


f"Stirring, Challenging, Memorable, Inspiring"... say Washing- 


n press, government leaders, critics, columnists and others who 
itnessed the World Premiere of "The Ramparts We Watch". 

r ;< o 




"A strikingly different and challenging mo- 
tion picture— an encouraging and provoca- 
tive spectacle. The story has drama, poig- 
nance, humor, movement. An inspired lesson 
from history reduced to the simple intimacy 
of the family album. 100% timely today." 

Jay Carmody, Washington Star 

" 'The Ramparts We Watch' is timely to a 
split second — chronicled with an impact 
that is stunning— vastly inspiring in its 
inescapable reminder of the capacity, the 
courage and the greatness of a unified 
America. It was spontaneously cheered by 
the audience." 

Nelson B. Bell, Washington Post 

"It is marvelous. I enjoyed every minute 
of it." 

Major General T. Holcomh, 
Commandant of U. S. Marine Corps 

"A moving, prophetic, significant story. No 
American who sees it will ever forget it." 

Major George Fielding Eliot 

"A magnificent success as a complete, ac- 
curate and stirring presentation of the 
events of 1914-18. This is a picture that 
American youth must see. It will make 
them think." 

Charles W. Taussig, 

Chmn. National Advisory Comm. NYA 

". . . deeply impressive." 

Senator George W. N orris 

" 'The Ramparts' is an utterly true picture 
of the most exciting period of American 
history. To those who lived through the 
great war, the emotion this picture brings 
is so personal as to be an intimate experi- 
ence. It is exactly what each of us saw 
and heard and felt." 

Mark Sullivan 








Friday, July 26, 194! 

Money Restrictions 
For Foreign Employes 

(Continued from Page 1) 

to withdraw more than $500 a month. 
This measure will be enforced to 
prevent large amounts of money be- 
ing sent to the employes' home coun- 
tries and eventually falling into the 
hands of the invaders. 

Great Cast for U.S.-U.K. 
Charities Pix, 'Rafters Ring' 

(Continued from Page 1) 

interest only and to distribute the 
picture at cost. 

Stars, director, author and sup- 
porting players are donating their 
services. Lelander McCormick-Good- 
hart will be honorary trustee of the 
fund and Dr. A. H. Giannini will act 
as recipient of proceeds allocated to 
American charities. 

Appearing in picture are Brian 
Aherne, Freddie Bartholomew, Ma- 
deleine Carroll, Ronald Colman, Errol 
Flynn, Joan Fontaine, Grade Fields, 
Greer Garson, Carey Grant, Sir 
Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Laughton, 
Vivien Leigh, Herbert Marshall, Vic- 
tor McLaglen, Ray Milland, Anna 
Neagle, Anna Lee, Merle Oberon, 
Maureen O'Hara, Laurence Olivier, 
Sabu, Claude Rains and C. Aubrey 
Smith. The story is set in London 
and covers the period from 1780 to 
2000 A.D. 

Grand, Oelwein, Reopening 

Des Moines, la. — Central State's 
Grand Theater at Oelwein will re- 
open tomorrow, completely remodeled 
at a cost of $30,000. Central States 
also has completed renovating its 
Empress, Fremont, and is re-decor- 
ating the Strand at Grinnell. 

Hueter Hurt in Plane Crack 

Toledo, O.— Paul S. Hueter, of the 
American Theater Supply Co., is re- 
covering from injuries received when 
an airplane he was piloting crashed 
into a cornfield near Toledo, killing 
his companion. Hueter received an 
arm fracture, head injuries, and 
shock. Hueter is a commercially 
licensed pilot. 

"Flesh" Stays In New Haven 

New Haven — The Loew-Poli Bi- 
jou will continue vaudeville tomor- 
row and as long thereafter as 
business warrants, instead of clos- 
ing as originally planned. 

Mitterling Takes Fargo 

Chicago — E. E. Mitterling has 
taken over the Fargo Theater, Syca- 
more, and will modernize. 

Get' Acquainted Day 

Denver — The entire force of the 
Paramount Theater in North Platte, 22 
in all, visited Denver for one day to 
get a peek at other Fox houses and to 
get acquainted with the force at the 
Denver headquarters. The visit was 
under the supervision of Ray Davis, dis- 
trict manager, and Les Newkirk, man- 
ager of the house. 

Fewer Closings This Summer 

Only VA% of Seats in N. Y. Area Affected 

(Continued from Page 1) 

any, indicated, together with the 
number of seats in each outlet: 

MANHATTAN: Bijou (Belle The- 
aters), 600; Bijou, 600; Barclay, 
1,331; Belmont, 543; Bridge, 550; 
Hollywood (Loew's), 1,261; Rivoli, 

BROOKLYN: Classic (Stamatus), 
550; Eagle, 490; Empress (Rand- 
force), 1,595 Flatbush (Brandt), 1,- 
695; Jefferson, 425; New Singer, 
565; Wilson (Randforce), 966. 

BRONX: Ascot (Consolidated), 
599; Windsor (Brandt), 1,600. 

NEW YORK STATE: Playhouse, 
Rye, (Prudential), 600; Strand, 
North Tarrytown, 600. 

NEW JERSEY: Opera House, 
Bayonne, 1,450; Rialto, Ridgefield 
Park, 600 Empire, Rahway, (Co- 
calis), 980. 

Figured on the basis of seats, the 
present summer shutterings repre- 
sent a decline of only 19,592 seats 
in a territory which, as of January 
of this year had an aggregate seat- 
ing capacity in then-open theaters of 
1,2:40,304. Therefore, the closings 
this summer represent approximately 
one and a half per cent of the Jan- 
uary total of seats. 

Only 2% of Northern Ohio 
Film Theaters Close Down 

Cleveland — Approximately two per 
cent of the film theaters in the 
Northern Ohio territory have adopted 
a closing policy during the 1940 
summer period and less than two per 
cent of the houses are operating on 
a part-time basis, according to a 
check-up of exchanges. Most of the 
closings have been in the small 
towns throughout the state or in col- 
lege towns, it is reported, the shut- 
terings duplicating the situation in 
1939. In the larger cities, practical- 
ly no summer closings were reported 
in 1939 and the same condition pre- 
vails this year. 

In 1939, 11 houses out of a total 
of 487 theaters closed during June 
and July. In 1940 only seven houses 
are reported closed. In 1939, how- 
ever, nine houses were reported as 
operating on reduced time sched- 
ules, while practically no reduced 
schedules of playing time are re- 
ported for 1940. 

1940 Mid-Eastern Closings 
Fewer, Cincinnati Reports 

Cincinnati — Summer closings 
throughout the mid-Eastern terri- 
tory are less this year than last 
year. In previous years, closings 
ran from 12 to 20 houses. In most 
coal and steel foundry sections the- 
aters will close only to remodel and 

Minimum of Dark Picture 
Theaters in St. Louis 

St. Louis — Despite the fact that 
the two weeks' notices have been 
posted in some first and subsequent- 

run houses for several weeks, shut- 
tering here has been held to a mini- 
mum this summer in contrast to the 
situation a year ago. 

Out in the territory — Eastern Mis- 
souri and Southern Illinois — there 
has been about the normal number 
of Summer season closings. One 
new unit of importance entered op- 
erations recently — the new Rogers 
Varsity in Carbondale, 111. A num- 
ber of other new houses are contem- 

Fewer Closings In Oklahoma 
Despite 20% Business Drop 

Oklahoma City, Okla. — In spite of 
the fact that business is off about 
20 per cent in the State compared 
with the first six months of last 
year, Summer closings are very few 
this year, according to a survey of 
Firm Row exchanges. 

Film row bookers had difficulty re- 
calling even a half dozen closings 
this entire Summer period while last 
year there were probably twice as 
many theaters closed for the hot 
weather. It may be that theater 
ranks were shaken out during the 
winter season by adverse business 
conditions leaving those still operat- 
ing in a better position to operate 

Iowa Summer Shuttering 
Said Less Than In 1939 

Des Moines, la. — Summer closings 
are reported as less than a year 
ago in Iowa, giving distributors a 
slight gleam of hope for Summer 
business. Only few houses have shut 
down for hot spell which are mostly 
usual Summer foldups. 

Chicago Closings Fewer 
Than for Last Summer 

Chicago — Summer closings this 
year are fewer than for the same 
period last year due mainly to cooler 
weather, prevailing until a week ago. 
B & K has closed none, but Great 
States closed two smaller houses. 
Essaness circuit closed one, Schoen- 
stadt, two, Warner circuit none. Sev- 
eral smaller independents have re- 
cently closed. A few have cut out 
matinees, but are open evenings. Ex- 
treme hot weather this week may 
bring more closings next week. 

Jacksonville's Theaters 
Open; Some Fla. Closings 

Jacksonville, Fla. — In this immed- 
iate territory there have been no 
Summer closings nor prospects of 
closing. This however is not true of 
Florida as a whole as many of the 
smaller communities where the big 
crop is tourist business, closings re- 
sult during May, June, July, August 
and September. Some curtail pro- 
grams to three times weekly. 

Business has been off in the Jack- 
sonville houses over last year despite 
perhaps one of the best tourist sea- 
sons in many years. However, with 
the big Naval Air Base project now 


"The Villain Still 
Pursued Her" 

with Hugh Herbert, Anita Louise, 
Alan Mowbray 
RKO 65 Mi 



Carefully handled and properly presente 
this travesty, which is an innovation in pi 
tures, should pile up a heavy total of laugr 
It is based on the old melodrama, "Tl 
Fallen Saved," and the players are purpose 
allowed to "ham" all over the place ai 
given "close-ups" for confidential "aside 
to the audience. Some good, old-fashion 
slapstick is introduced effectively, whi 
several laugh-provoking gags and situatio 
are used. Edward F. Cline, a veteran come 
director, guided the laughs, with Harold 
Franklin functioning as producer. Elbe 
Franklin fashioned the screenplay. 

Hugh Herbert plays a "philanthropist-' 
former," and Anita Louise a "long suffer: 
heroine." Alan Mowbray enacts "the villa 
who pursued her," Buster Keaton is 
"staunch friend to the last," and Joy 
Compton is Keaton's "half-witted sistei 
Richard Cromwell is "the hero" "woe to hi ; 
drinking man." Diane Fisher is "the an§ 
daughter" of Cromwell and Anita Lou l 
Margaret Hamilton plays "the heroine-lovii 
mother," and Billy Gilbert is the maste 
of-ceremonies of the prologue, inviting t 
audience to hiss and applaud. 

Mowbray is the dastardly villain w 
causes Cromwell to take his first drin 
Mowbray seeks to ruin Cromwell and \ 
wife, Anita Louise. He buries an old v> 
left by Cromwell's father, but in the e 
justice prevails and Mowbray is convict' 
and sent to jail to repay society for his fc 
deeds. Cromwell reforms and returns to 
happy family life. 

CAST: Hugh Herbert, Anita Louise, AI 
Mowbray, Buster Keaton, Joyce Compto 
Richard Cromwell, Billy Gilbert, Margar 
Hamilton, Diane Fisher. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harold B. Frankli 
Director, Edward F. Cline; Screenplay, E 
bert Franklin; Cameraman, Lucien Ballan 
Musical Director, Frank Tours; Art Direi 
tor, Lewis Rachmil; Editor, Arthur Hilton. 


Benny Goodman Recovering 

Rochester, Minn. — Benny Gooc 
man, band leader, will be permitte 
to leave the local St. Mary's Hosp 
tal in 10 days, Mayo Clinic phys 
cians say. He came here from Hollj 
wood on July 11 after a sciatica ai 
tack and underwent an operation. 

under way in Jacksonville there i 
every reason for optimism as $15 
000,000 to $20,000,000 will be sper 
by the Government and thousand 
given employment. The city's popv , 
lation of 174,000 is expected to ir 
crease to 250,000 by 1950 or th ( 
time the next census is taken. 

The first Drive-In Theater wa 
opened last Fall and has been click 
ing along nicely with good grosse: 
Fourth and fifth-run pictures an 
the best of re-issues make up th 
programs which are changed thre 
times weekly. 

tfay, July 26, 1940 



unsenf Decree 
ar Showdown 

(Continued from Page 1) 

completed their meeting's of pro- 

; against certain provisions of the 

sent decree proposals, attorneys 

both sides busied themselves 

studying the objections and at- 

ing to meet the criticized 

es with alternatives. 

i.pokesmen yesterday insisted that 

i-amount would not balk if its 

';tners' protests were not heeded. 
i the other hand, there were rumors 
t Paramount might walk out of 
! proceedings and prepare for trial 
■:he others accepted a settlement. 
■Jovernment attorneys were of the 
jnion that exhibitors would wel- 
le the clause limiting the sale 
pictures to blocks of five, a plan, 
y said, which would not put them 
a disadvantage competitively. Re- 
ion to this clause, however, on the 

'H of Paramount partners was ex- 

; mely unfavorable. It was indicated 
>fficially that the clause may be 
nged to permit blocks of four, 
teason for the rush of activities 
the part of Paramount partners 

change the proposals was the fact 
t the trial had been ordered to 

nume if an agreement had not been 

; ched by Aug. 1, it was stated yes- 
day. Now that the trial has been 

) back to Oct. 7, need for pressure 
. been lessened. However, a quick 
ision is expected. 

iuZ Williams Asks PCC 
i Consent Decree Ideas 

at Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Questioned if he had 
eived any reply to his request 
ative to a proposed consent decree, 
H. Poole, executive secretary of 

.C of ITO, stated that he was in 

!eipt of a favorable answer from 
jl Williams, special assistant to 
orney general who is in charge 
Department of Justice staff in New 
rk engaged in trial of the all-in- 
;try suit, 
•"oole said the reply in part was: 

' hen the proposals for a consent 

'• ree have been placed in concrete 
m, we shall communicate with 
l and obtain your views thereon. If 
i have any concrete suggestions 
ich your organization believes 
mid be embraced in a consent de- 

je, will you kindly forward them 

shout delay?". 

■"oole announces a meeting of PCC 
stees to be held in Seattle, Aug. 

..nd 9. Poole expects to leave for 
ittle the forepart of next week 
make arrangements with L. 0. 

. kan and Wm. G. Ripley, trustees 

: the Seattle organization, for this 


Exhibs. Who Dropped Prices to Escape Tax 

Held "Unpatriotic" by Deserting Patrons 

St. Louis — Some houses in Southern Illinois and the few in Eastern Missouri which 
slashed their prices from 25 cents to 20 cents in order to avoid the new Federal defense 
tax have had a very decidedly unfavorable reaction from the cash customers. The cut 
in rate hasn't helped attendance and some regular customers have quit coming because 
they felt the effort to escape the tax unpatriotic, according to Film Row reports. 

Educ. Film Institute 
Receives Sloan Grant 

(Continued from Page 1) 

had declined to make a definite com- 

Discussing the EFI's activities, 
Pollard stated: 

"The real situation is that the Edu- 
cational Film Institute is now revis- 
ing: and completing the three films 
'The Children Must Learn,' 'And So 
They Live' and 'Valley Town' upon 
which we have been engaged during 
the last year. We are also making 
production plans for a series of 
pictures for the coming year, but 
these plans are not yet in a state 
for publication. The staff here will 
remain as it is at present at least 
throughout the summer, but if we 
expand our production in the Fall 
we may have to add one or two 

"Some flurry was caused by the 
suspension of production on two of 
our pictures, the one on new Ameri- 
can frontiers and the one on agri- 
cultural surpluses. This suspension 
was made necessary by the informa- 
tion we had from the Foundation 
about the possibility of continuing' 
its grant to us and by the changes 
which the rapid progress of world 
events seemed to make necessary in 
the scripts which were then being 

"The Institute, natui'ally, regrets 
very deeply the losses and incon- 
venience which this suspension caus- 
ed among the film crews. However, 
we feel that under plans now being 
contemplated the net result will be 
a gain for both the individuals con- 
cerned and the documentary field in 
general before this year is out." 

B & K Theaters to Offer 
Tele Programs in Lounges 

(Continued from Page 1) 

be installed and plans are in work to 
start regular programs when the ex- 
perimental work is completed. 

Having received an FCC permit, 
B & K is now considering a site 
for the 500-foot transmission tower 
in which the company plans to in- 
vest $100,000. 

Hi-Li Bach In Detroit 

Detroit — Hi-Li Contests are back in 
vogue in Detroit again, with a bicycle 
giveaway as grand prize. About 30 
theaters are in the deal now, with final 
contestants being sent to the Fisher 
Theater for the grand competition. 
Stunt is put on as a Saturday matinee 

N.S.W. to Ask Government 
Control of Seat Prices 

Sydney (By Air Mail) — New South 
Wales exhibitors will petition 
Parliament to bring prices of seats 
at film theaters under the same con- 
trol as for other commodities. Ob- 
ject is to prevent prices being raised 
for films that distribs. may regard 
as super-specials and seek advanced 

20th-Fox Sues Century, 
Claims Contract Broken 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of contract. A notice of trial for 
Sept. 23 discloses that 20th-Fox 
claims that Century failed to make 
payment for certain films and re- 
fused to play a number of pictures 
allegedly required under a contract. 
Attorneys stated that the dispute 
covers some 25 Century theaters and 
involves several hundred film con- 
tracts. An answer has been served, 
but not filed, raising a number of 
counter claims. 

William Phinney Stricken 

William Phinney, 63, legit and 
vaude actor who recently appeared 
in cast of "Tobacco Road," died on 
Wednesday in the Hotel Gregorian, 
42 West 35th St. A son, William, 
Jr., who lives in Bremerton, Wash., 

Franklyn Warner Under Knife 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Franklyn Warner, 
president of Fine Arts Pictures, was 
operated upon for appendicitis. His 
condition is excellent. 

Philly Exhibitors 
Bucking the Heai 

'Continued from Page 1) 

sible renovation but closings as re- 
sult of Summer are not more than 
the seasonal average. 

Detroit Summer Closings 
This Season Are Negligible 

Detroit — Summer closings of De- 
troit theaters are negligible this 
year. Practically no neighborhood 
houses have darkened for this sea- 
son and no down town houses ex- 
cept the Cinema playing principally 
foreign pictures. The Chopin the- 
ater, which plays Polish pictures, 
closed several weeks ago. 

No first or second-run houses have 
been closed, contrary to the usual 
policy of closing houses like United 

No state theaters are definitely 
reported closed because of the 
weather. However a dozen or more 
up-state theaters in resort areas have 
opened making a definite Summer 
gain in net operation. 

Carlton E. Griffin Dead 

Hollywood— Cartlon Elliott Grif 
fin, 47, stage actor who appeared in 
both silent and talking films, died 
on Wednesday at his home here of 
a heert ailment. His last work in 
pictures was in "Before I Die," pro- 
duced by Ben Hecht at the Columbia 

Short Subjects 

Are the Little Big Features 



Who has them — Who's in them 
How good they are 

in the 





Friday, July 26, 

Hays Org'n Asks 
Hour Exemptions 

'Continued from Page 1) 

professional employes, who are ex- 
empt from the provisions of the Act. 
Harold Stein of the Wage-Hour di- 
vision presided at today's hearing. 

Companies included in these sta- 
tistics, Mitchell said, were Columbia, 
Sam Goldwvn, Loew's, Paramount, 
RKO., Hal Roach, 20th Century-Fox, 
Universal, Walter Wanger and War- 
ners. Of the average employes to- 
tal, 13,153 are considered bound by 
the provisions of the law, he stated. 
The industry is reasonably sure 832 
employes are now exempt and con- 
siders 4,556 exempt, but concedes 
there may be dispute about these. 
Offers New Definitions 

On behalf of MPPDA, Mitchell 
presented a set of suggested defini- 
tions to replace those now in ef- 
fect. He particularly asked that 
the words "executive" and "adminis- 
trative," now defined as one, should 
be given separate definitions. 

The industry's objective is exemp- 
tion of real artists who are paid 
commensurate with their work and 
those employes in key positions who 
must be exempt from hour limita- 
tions while a picture is being made, 
as they cannot be replaced during 
that time. Actors may work only 
48 hours per week, Mitchell said, but 
these key people must work both 
before and after the actors while 
shooting is in progress and it may 
run to 60 hours during this period. 

The MPPDA definitions are in 

EXECUTIVE — One whose primary duty is 
management of the establishment or a cus- 
tomarily recognized department and who di- 
rects work of other employes and has authority 
to hire and fire or make suggestions on hiring 
and firing or promotion or other changes, and 
who exercises directionary power and is not 
required to do any substantial amount of work 
of the same nature as performed by non- 
exempt employes. Both the administrative 
and executive definitions provide the employe 
must be paid not less than $30 per week. 

ADMINISTRATIVE— One whose primary 
duty is to manage, direct or superintend em- 
ployes of a customarily recognized unit or 
division of a department or regularly and 
directly assist an employe engaged in executive 
capacity or administrative capacity exercising 
discretion and independent judgment, or per- 
form work involving execution of special as- 
signments or tasks requiring exercise of dis- 
cretion and independent judgment and whose 
work is performed under circumstances in 
which there is no direct supervision or con- 
trol, or who is an essential member of the 
staff or a head of a production department, 
unit or division and whose services by reason 
of his special or technical knowledge pertinent 
to the particular production process cannot be 
restricted as to hours without hindering, re- 
ducing or delaying production. 

PROFESSIONAL— One whose work is pre- 
dominantly intellectual and varied in charac- 
ter as opposed to routine work and of such 
character that the output cannot be stand- 
ardized in relation to given period of time, 
and who is engaged in work which is largely 
original and creative in character and of which 
the result depends upon the conception, in- 
vention, imagination, or genius of the em- 
ploye, or who, is engaged in work based on 
educational training in a specially organized 
body of knowledge. 

IATSE Voices Opposition 

Joseph A. Padway, general coun- 
sel of the A F of L, speaking for 
the IATSE, made a short statement 
to the effect that they will oppose 
the MPPDA definitions as they do 

Was an assistant 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities • • • 
JAMES MOORE. Born in Los Angeles, 1901. Attended public school in Los 
'"' Angeles. Worked for Southern California Music Co., as an errand boy. 
Worked as a brakeman for the Pacific Electric Railway, but was determined 
to enter motion picture industry as a cameraman. After rebuffs at several 
studios, he "crashed" the Famous Players-Lasky Company laboratory and got 
a job there. Later worked for David Horsley Laboratory. Became assistant 
to Cameraman Will Nobles on the Jack Hoxie serials, 
director at the old Goldwyn studios. Also worked 
in cutting and property departments. During a 
depression in picture industry sold automobiles. 
Joined Technicolor as a film loader in 1930. Joined 
Paramount's camera department. Organized the 
Little Theater for Paramount's technical employees. 
Directed and produced fourteen plays. Was made 
dialogue director at Paramount. Made director of 
tests at Paramount. Joined RKO as test director. 
Travelled 65,000 miles by air, making tests of 
"Gateway to Hollywood" candidates. On the 
strength of a test viewed by Wallace MacDonald 
and Ralph Cohn, was given a directorial assign- 
ment by Columbia. Directed "The Secret Sev- 
en" at Columbia. 

Golden To Open Mono. 
Southern Regional Meet 

Atlanta — Edward A. Golden, Mon- 
ogram general sales manager, will 
preside over a regional sales meet- 
ing of the company's southern ex- 
changes here tomorrow. The com- 
plete sales force of the Atlanta, 
Memphis, Charlotte and New Or- 
leans exchanges will be in attend- 
ance, headed by John Mangham, 
president of the four branches. 

Among the Monogram reps, 
scheduled to attend are M. L. Stev- 
ens, J. E. McLeroy, 0. S. Barnett, 
J. 0. Lamont, manager of the Char- 
lotte office, Fred Mathis, M. E. Wi- 
man, B. C. Tolley, J. Cummins, P. 
H. Savin, assistant to Mang- 
ham, W. A. Lewis, W. E. Osborne, 
manager of the Memphis exchange, 
William Lake, H. F. Cohen, Buford 
Styles, and J. Harry Spann, man- 
ager of the New Orleans branch. 

"Dead on Arrival" Starts Mon. 

West Coast Bureau, of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — "Dead on Arrival" 
goes before the cameras at the Para. 
studios on Monday. Onslow Stevens 
has replaced Albert Dekker in the 
cast. Other players are Joseph 
Calleia, Paul Lukas and Phillip 

20-Fox Queries Branches 
On Muni for "Hudson" Role 

(Continued from Page 1) , 

are interested in putting him in one 
of the season's biggest pictures. Ad- 
vice of the branch managers is 
sought on possible increased grosses 
in view of an increased budget in the 
event Muni is signed. 

Jay C. Flippen Resigns 
As AGVA President 

Jay C. Flippen, president of the 
American Guild of Variety Artists 
since last September, has resigned 
that post, his resignation having be- 
come effective last Monday, it was 
learned last night. 

Dewey Barto of the "Hellzapoppin" 
cast will be acting president until 
the board meets on Aug. 5. It was 
stated last night that the board 
would ask Barto to continue as 
AGVA's head. 

not agree with Mitchell's distinctions 
between artists and skilled workmen. 
Padway said the industry seeks to 
exempt too many. 

Other movie groups scheduled to 
testify next Monday are Hollywood 
Guild Council, SPG^ Screen Set De- 
signers; Screen Readers Guild, So- 
ciety of Motion Picture Interior Dec- 
orators; SWG, Screen Office Em- 
ployes Guild; Local 852, Screen 
Cartoonist Guild and Local 644, Mov- 
ing Picture Painters, both affiliated 
with Brotherhood of Painters, Dec- 
orators and Paperhangers. George 
E. Bodle will speak for these or- 
ganizations. Henry Jaffe will rep- 
resent the American Federation of 
Radio Artists, to be followed by 
Padway for the IATSE. 

"Botany Bay" to Paramount 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Paramount has bought 
"Botany Bay" by James Norman 
Hall. Price was reported at $50,- 
000. Joel McCrea will be starred in 
the film. 

Lloyd's First for Universal 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — "The Lady from 
Cheyenne" by Jonathan Finn and 
Theresa Oakes will be Frank Lloyd's 
first production for Universal. He 
has opened negotiations with Carole 
Lombard for the starring role. 

Loretta Young to Wed 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Loretta Young and 
Thomas H. Lewis will be married on 
Wednesday in the Church of St. Paul 
in Westwood Village. 


*■ LAI IN< -j 

To Reunite Rogers-Astaire 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — RKO Radio is seeking 
a vehicle in which to reunite Ginger 
Rogers and Fred Astaire next year. 


I AURENCE OLIVIER is reported signt i 
*~ Warners for the stellar male M^ 
"Captain Hornblower," and it is undM- 
there is a strong likelihood that V \ 
Leigh will be secured to co-star. 

THE Golden Gate Exposition at San 
' cisco has set aside next Wednesd; 
"Kit Carson Day." It will mark the il 
pletion of Edward Small's forthcoming 
Carson." Guest of honor will be Kit Ca 
3rd, grandson of the American pioneer 
trail blazer. 

• • 

EDDIE ALBERT has taken approxim 
C 30,000 feet of colored 16 mm. fih 
his various adventures in Mexico, 
footage shows him harpooning devilfish 
other oversized denizens of the deep, 
ing in and out of little known coves 
waterways, and living with native fishei 
and hunters of Mexico. 

• • 
kiORE than 300 musically inclined yo 
'"' sters, who appeared in "There's rv 
In Music," which Andrew Stone prod 
and directed for Paramount, will be ei 
tained at the director's home in West' 
by a swimming pool party and ma 

• • 

/^EORGE MURPHY has develope 
^■^ unique, yet simple electric timing > 
vice, to clock the trotting horses 
housed on his ranch near Escondido. 
trotters get daily work-outs on the I 
which has been built on the actor's p 

• • 

kJEW Warner studio contract roster 
' ^ veals three new players raised to 
dom by Jack L. Warner. Players are H 
phrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, and Jeffrey Ly 

"kijARRIED BACHELOR," original 
'"' Manny Seff dealing with a mj 
relations counsellor who falls in love 
his own wife, has been purchased by W 
and will be produced by John W. Consii 

• • 

A LICE FAYE and Betty Grable have I 
** assigned leading roles in "Tin 
Alley," a musical which 20th-Fox will 
duce following the completion of "D 
Argentine Way." 

DAT O'BRIEN and his wife plan to I 
' soon for an Alaska vacation. They 
return early in September, before the 5' 
15 release of "Knute Rockne — All Ar 

• • 

IEAN HERSHOLT is vacationing at 
*J Bohemian Grove encampment on Rus 
River near San Francisco. 

NEXT Tuesday will be a red letter 
day at RKO. Orson Welles finally 
start shooting "Citizen Kane" on that 

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The Daily Newspaper 
Oi Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Two Years Old 

78, NO. 20 




xchange Biz in Gulf States Climbs 5 to 10 P. C. 


•ttsent Decree Near? 

2= By L. H. MITCHELL = 


tUITY CASE: At week's start 
liovernment asked a trial period 
i possible consent decree, later 
ig that a "substantial agree- 
" had been reached . . . The 
•le Three," however, stated they 
'■■i not accept a consent decree 
l demanded trial of the equity 
. . . Para, partners objected to 
onsent proposals, fearing a loss 
c tying power . . . SETOA in con- 
en went on record as opposing 
( >lock of five pix plan . . . Four 
iits, Loew's, RKO, Warners and 
Dnal Theaters, were stated at 
-end not opposing a consent de- 

..OSINGS FEWER: Film Daily 

By revealed that closing of the- 

for the Summer are fewer than 

,39. Check-up showed 50 per cent 

'r dark houses in the N. Y. terri- 

... In Northern Ohio but 2 per 

of theaters closed . . . Chicago, 

Xouis, Jacksonville, Cincy, St. 

Js, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Des 

5 es and other cities reported few- 


* * * 

IIS AND THAT: Action on 

<y bill at this session seen as 

» . . . Metro will retain code con- 

-ons in its exhib. pacts . . . N. Y. 

d welcomed into the MPTOA by 

y Ed Kuykendall as unit begins 

;ion of Northern N. J. . . . Sco- 

y rep. announced that the Brit- 

ele concern would open a branch 

le U. S. . . . DuMont and CBS 

assigned new tele channels by 

3 ? CC . . . Pittsburgh exhibs. plan 

against coin-in-slot pix, as 

ly Roosevelt delivers 10 pix to 

Mills Novelty Co. . . . Ed Kuy- 

11 sees exemption on admission 

mder 21 cents near an end . . . 

olas M. Schenek asserts quality 

ire the need of the industry . . . 

reports 39-week net of $2,450,- 

its program of top-budget pix 

y is put up to the exhibs. . . . 

d asks that buying of pix wait 

s survey of product . . . MPPDA 

d Wage-Hour Board for exemp- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Gain Over First Six Months 
Of 1939 Credited to Better 
Pix, Greater Attendance 

New Orleans — Business for ex- 
changes in the Gulf States area for 
the first six months of 1940 is from 
five to 10 per cent better in com- 
parisons with the same period in 
1939, a check made here reveals. 

The increase in business which 
some exchanges attribute to better 
product and which others attribute 
to increased attendance, may not re- 
flect altogether a clear view of the 
heater situation, however. 

Increased revenue on the whole 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Standard Shelves 
Hold-over Policy 

Oklahoma City, Okla. — New poli- 
cies announced by Standard The- 
aters will provide Oklahoma City 
with six first-run theaters, five in 
the downtown sector, thus bringing 
new screen product here shortly af- 
ter release dates. Second week 

(Continued on Page 4) 

20th-Fox Renews Deal 
For Paul Terry Reels 

Although their present arrange- 
ment still has one year to go, 20th- 
Fox and Terry-Toons have signed 
a long term renewal contract for 
the distribution of Paul Terry's ani- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"See Slum* Twice," 
Bids B & K; Gets Biz 

Chicago — B & K in its special institu- 
tional newspaper display copy plugging 
its air-conditioned houses is urging 
patrons to "come early, stay late, bring 
the youngsters," with the added sugges- 
tion, "See the show twice if you like, 
then visit the spacious, inviting lounges 
and smoking rooms." Copy has materially 
boosted biz, the circuit reports. 

Dual Stage Bill 
Chicago's Latest 

Chicago — Now it's a double stage 
bill here. 

The Oriental theater on Monday 
nights and the State Lake theater 
on Wednesday nights are adding five 
acts of pro. vaudeville to the regu- 
lar stage and screen programs. That 
means the bills on those two nights 
run from three to three and a half 

Extra acts are advertised as "pre- 
view" vaude. 

Contempt Move Dismissal 
Asked by Omaha Exhibs. 

Lincoln, Neb. — Omaha's six exhib- 
itors, mentioned in a recent Supreme 
Court order to show cause as to why 
they should not be cited for contempt 
of court for operation of Prosperity 
Clubs, filed for dismissal of the ac- 
tion here. 

Supreme Court took the stand 

(Continued on Page 9) 


Top Terms tor "Ramparts' 

Nothing Less Than "Snow White" Figures 

Warner Torrington House 
Goes to Brandt Sept. 1 

Torrington, Conn. — Rayhope The- 
aters Corporation, a Harry Brandt 
company, will operate the 1247-seat 
Alhambra Theater, leased and dark- 
ened by Warner Bros, for many 
years, as of September 1st. Policy 
will be first-run and vaudeville. 
Warner's opened this house two 
years ago for a short period only, 
(Continued on Page 8) 

RKO district and branch man- 
agers have been instructed to sell 
"The Ramparts We Watch" at top 
terms for Class A theaters with pre- 
ferred playing time and all neces- 
sary protections. The sales forces 
have been advised that nothing less 
than the terms asked for "Snow 
White and the Seven Dwarfs" will 
be acceptable. All contracts and 
playdates must be submitted to the 
home office for approval. 

Release date of the picture in each 
(Continued on Page 8) 

All Indie Units and In- 
dividual Exhibs. to Get 
Chance to Air Their Views 

All independent exhibitor as- 
sociations as well as individual 
exhibitors will be allowed an 
opportunity to present their views 
on a consent decree in the Govern- 
ment's equity suit, it was revealed 
Friday by informed Government 

The Government has not decided 
in what form these hearings will be 
held or whether they will be staged 
before the decree is submitted to 
Government officials in Washington. 
Before Submission to Court 

It was definitely stated, however, 
that exhibitors would be heard before 
the decree is presented to Federal 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Jt i. 

Sees "Monopoly 1 in 
5-Piclure Proposal 

Assertion by Government attor- 
neys that exhibitors would welcome 
the right to buy pictures in blocks 
of five brought vehement denials 
from some independent theater and 
circuit operators over the week-end 
The five-picture clause in the pro- 
posed consent decree has been one of 
the principal points of controversy, 

(Continued on Page 8) 

No Restraint, Paramount 
Answers in Trendle Suit 

Answer was filed Friday by Para- 
mount Pictures generally denying 
allegations in the suit of George W. 
Trendle against Paramount and John 
H. King, formerly known as John H. 
Kunsky. Paramount denied that a 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Metro Pays $20,000 
For IMetv Bay Story 

Metro has purchased film rights to 
Lillian Pay's new book, "The Youngest 
Profession," which will be published 
Sept. 20 by Dcubleday Doran. Deal was 
set by Ann Elmo, literary agent, with 
purchase price reported at $20,000. 


Monday, July 29, 1S| 

Vol. 78, No. 20 Mon., July 29, 1940 10 Cents 


: Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and 
Holidays at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
by Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. J. W. 
Alicoate, President and Publisher; Donald M. 
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New York, N. Y. Phone BRyant 9-7117, 
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Representatives: HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— 
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Granite 6607. LONDON— Ernest W. Fred- 
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Roxy Thea. Bldg. 4s 1st '57 56 60 

Illinois UTO Will Hold 
Regional at Rockford 

Rockford, 111. - - United Theater 
Owners of Illinois will hold- a reg- 
ional meeting at the Faust Hotel 
here tomorrow, with Charley House 
of the State theater as official host. 
Program for discussion includes 16 
mm. competition, legislation and 

a The Broadway Parade 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

All This, and Heaven, Too (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 4th week Music Hall 

New Moon (Mefro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) — 2nd week Capitol 

Untamed (Paramount Pictures) Paramount 

Turnabout (United Artists-Hal Roach) Roxy 

They Drive by Night (Warner Bros. Pictures) Strand 

Disney Parade of Hits— Snow White and Shorts (RKO Radio) (d) Criterion 

Leopard Men of Africa (Select Attractions) Globe 

Doomed to Die ( Monogram Pictures) Rialto 

Now I'll Tell (Twentieth Century-Fox) (a) Central 

Hi Yo, Silver (Republic Pictures) (a) Central 

Tom Brown's Schooldays (RKO Radio Pictures) (a-b) .Palace 

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a-b) Palace 


The Baker's Wife (The Baker's Wife Co.)— 21st week World 

Daybreak (French feature) '. ..Little Carnegie 


South of Pago Pago (United Artists-Edward Small) — Aug. 1 Music Hall 

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — Aug. 1 Capitol 

The Boys from Syracuse (Universal-Jules Levey) — July 31 Paramount 

The Man I Married (Twentieth Century-Fox) — Aug. 2 Roxy 

The Sea Hawk (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Aug. 9 Strand 

Three Faces West (Republic Pictures) (c) Criterion 

Maryland (Twentieth Century-Fox) — Aug. 1 (a-b) Palace 

Dr. Christian Meets the Women (RKO Radio Pictures)— Aug. 1 (a) Palace 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill, (d) Revival. 

Gordon Mills to Direct 
Panorams Distribution 

Chicago — Gordon Mills has been 
placed in charge of the contract de- 
partment for the new Panorams au- 
tomatic projector of the Mills Nov- 
elty Co. He will make his head- 
quarters in Hollywood and will di- 
rect the distributors of the new 
equipment throughout the country. 

The Chicago plant, will be geared 
to 400 machines a week, as soon as 
the production schedules are ready. 
First shorts, produced in the Globe- 
Mills Hollywood studios, have met 
with good reception in test runs. 

Would Register Operators 
To Prevent "Poaching" 

London (By Air Mail) — London 
and Home Counties branch of the 
CEA has decided to ask the General 
Council of the CEA to consider the 
registering of all industry people 
who are in reserved occupations. 

Action is proposed to prevent the 
"poaching" of operators which is be- 
coming a serious problem to exhibi- 
tors. In some instances exhibitors 
haxe trained as operators men who 
were formerly ushers or other the- 
ater attendants, paying them their 
normal wage. Upon completing 
their training, the men were leaving 
for other positions. This "poaching" 
is considered to be against regula- 
tions recently broadcast by the Min- 
ister of Labor. 

and Raft P.A. 
Lick Heat at the Strand 

Bucking the hottest day of the 
current New York heat wave, with 
the mercury soaring to an official 
94.3°, Warners' "They Drive By 
Night," with George Raft doing a 
p.a. and Will Osborne's ork opened 
Friday at the New York Strand to 
the biggest business since that com- 
pany's "Fighting 69th" set a new 
house record in January. 

Lines started forming at 8 a.m. 
and by 8:45 the crowd increased to 
such an extent and the heat was so 
oppressive, the police requested the 
theater to begin to admit the pat- 
rons. Picture went on at 9:10, 20 
minutes before the scheduled pro- 
gram. Lobby waits and street lines 
both followed during the day. 

Business over the week-end con- 
tinued at the fast pace. 

Product Shortage Moans 
Have Little Basis in N. O. 

CFI Minority Stockholders 
Fight Dismissal of Suit 

Minority stockholders of Consoli- 
dated Film Industries, Inc., on Fri- 
day filed notice of appeal to the 
Appellate Division of the New York 
Supreme Court from the dismissal 
of their suit after trial by New 
York Supreme Court Justice Carroll 
G. Walter. Dispute is over the legal- 
ity of Consolidated's loans to Re- 
public Pictures and over claims of 

New Orleans — Moans of product 
shortage, heard weekly in some 
quarters here, do not seem to apply 
generally, even though two first-run 
houses have been having troubles for 
the past few weeks with below par 
features. Second-runs and neighbor- 
hooders, however, seem to be doing 
okay, with the bulk of features pull- 
ing well. 

"There's been a lot of hullabaloo 
about a shortage of product," de- 
clared a major booker here, "but I 
can't see that it has affected this 
market yet." 

Four Major Home Offices 
Close Early Due to Heat 

With Friday the year's hottest day 
thus far, four major company home 
offices closed early. Metro, Warners 
and Universal closed at 3 p.m. and 
RKO turned the key at 3:15. 

COminG and G0IIN 

MURRAY SILVERSTONE left at the week 
for Hollywood. 


ROLAND REED, director, is here from H I 
wood and is stopping at the Waldorf-Astor 

RICHARD GREENE left the Coast yesh 
for Canada to enlist. 

ROSAMUND GILDER, Theater Arts magal 
drama critic, is on the Coast visiting the sU 

EDWARD DYMTRYK completed his 
contract on Saturday and was due to 
almost at once for Toronto to confer with 
Dougherty of Canadian Films on directing 
Three Together," propaganda film. 

VIRGINIA VAN UPP has returned to 
Coast from Charlottesville, Va., on locatioi 

The ANDREWS SISTERS are in Detroit 
the Coast for a p.a. 

Francisco Fair. 

week-end visifc 

New York from Chicago. 

RALPH STITT left for Detroit at the v 

CRESSON SMITH, RKO Western sales 
ager, arrives in Chicago early this week. 

GEORGE BROWNE, IATSE prexy, is here 

W. C. GEHRING, 20th-Fox Western 
manager, is in Chicago. 

JOE FITZGERALD, Paramount's booke 
Chicago, is on an Indiana vacation. 

DOROTHY GISH is visiting sister Lilli; 


HOWARD DeTAMBLE, 20th-Fox booke, 
Chicago, is on an Eastern vacation. 

FRANCES TULLIS of Para.'s accounting 
sion in Chicago is vacationing in the Eas 

publication, Flash, with MRS. CITTLESOI 
motoring through New York State and New 

BEN MARCUS, prexy of the newly orga 
U. S. Independent Theater Poster Exchan 
in Chicago from Ripon, Wis. 

JOE GUESS of the Memphis Press-Scimi 
vacationing in New York. 

FRANK MULLEN, Warner shipper, New H 
is on vacation in Atlantic City. 

WILLIAM ELDER, manager at Loew's, ril 
burg, and MRS. ELDER, both formerly witl 
Loew-Poli division, New Haven, are visitii 
the Elm City for a few weeks. 

Two Held for Bombing 

Detroit — Two men are being 
for lack of $10,000 bail apiece 
charges of stench-bombing the Ce 
Theater, operated by Associated 


William Po 
Clara Bo< 

Thank you, Mr. Selznick ... ^ ^ ^ 

"Paramount"* policy ha= .been to sjgn up ^ b 

Today, it is needless to md.cate m , Qre about 

Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, ond other ^rad. 
the best investments a stud.o co Id hove ^ 

-David O. Selznick, as reported in ca __ __ 

„,$ the c« RWCR - 


It's laughter they're after in the theatres of these United States these wor- 
ried days. And Paramount is prepared! We've got the biggest hunch of top 
laugh-builders in show business. Look at those names: Fred Allen, Jack Benny 
(with Rochester, of course), Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Jackie 
Cooper, Mary Martin, Ken Murray, Eddie Bracken, Victor Moore, Ezra 
Stone, Jerry Colonna, Brenda & Cobina. No outfit in the business can top 
that laugh line-up. And look at the comedy-creating strength behind them: 

Arthur (The Ghost Breakers) Hornblow, Jr., Mitchell (Remember the Night— Midnight) 

Leisen, Ted {what a Life) Reed, Mark (Buck Benny Rides Again) Sandrich, 
Victor (Road to Singapore) Schertzinger. No outfit can show the line-up 
of smash comedies for the coming season Paramount has ready for you. 



Gulf Slates Exchange 
Biz Up 5 to 10 P.C. 

{Continued from Page 1) 

may come from the first-runs in the 
city areas and the first subsequent- 
runs there, with the cream of the 
country runs showing a better play. 
But the second subsequent-run 
house in some instances is decidedly 
off and money giveaways, dishes, 
etc., are still an essential. 

A recent lull in business seems 
to be off, with the box-offices get- 
ting a lively play again in this city 
and in certain sections of the Gulf 
States territory. The reason ap- 
parently lies in the fact that the pub- 
lic has reacted from the depression 
it felt at the French defeat and that 
the novelty of oft-repeated stale ra- 
dio news has worn off. However, 
rains in north Louisiana and in Mis- 
sissippi are threatening crops and 
present a serious economic problem 
which may hit grosses shortly. 

Educational Stock Off 
Chicago Board of Trade 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The SEC Friday 
ordered Educational Pictures, Inc., 
60 cents dividend cumulative con- 
vertible preferred stock, $1 par value, 
and common stock, $1 par value, 
taken off the Chicago Board of 
Trade. The action resulted from 
Educational's failure to file the an- 
nual report for the fiscal year ended 
June 24, 1939, as required by the 

The report states that the pre- 
ferred stock has apparently never 
been issued and the common stock 
is held by a very small number of 
persons. There has never been a 
transaction in the stock on the Chi- 
cago Board of Trade, the SEC re- 
ports. The president of Educational 
told the SEC the failure to file the 
report was due to lack of funds for 
an independent audit. On January 
30, 1940 the company filed a peti- 
tion in bankruptcy. No one appeared 
for Educational at the hearing to de- 
list the stock. 

Sue to BuUd Theater 

Suit to establish a film house at 
645-647 Madison Ave. has been 
initiate in Supreme Court here by 
the City Bank Farmers Trust Co., 
owners of the property, against the 
City Planning Commission and its 
chairman, Rexford G. Tugwell. 

Ben Shedel Dead 

Chicago — Ben Shedel, 44, chief of 
Republic's shipping department here, 
is dead. Wife and two children 

Wurlitzer Testing 

Slot Machine Pix? 

Chicago — It is reported that Wurlitzer 
Co. is also interested in the automatic 
projector tield and extensive tests are 
being made with the experimental ma- 


Monday, July 29, 19' 


with PHIL At. DALY; 

T T T 

• © O IF thermometers were non-existent if there were no 

calendars if there were no weather reports and forecasts 

if there issued from the sandy fringes of the sea not a single cry of a 

happy bather if campfires didn't glow in woodlands and the 

travel lanes disclosed not one vacationist yet we of filmland would 

know that it's Summer We would discern the season simply 

by the complaints of exhibs sounding off in key and hamlet 

with Shakespearean shouts not demanding Romeo but, rather, 

"Give me my Product!" meaning, of course, good product 

T T ▼ 

• • • MISTER Exhib.: Despair not — for there's 

a fertile oasis at hand that's no mirage It is geared to quench 

the thirst of your patrons for an exhilarating film experience 

and will decidedly soothe your representedly scorched box office 

provided you take sincere advantage of the opportunity 

This oasis is March of Time's first full-length feature "The 

Ramparts We Watch" 

T ▼ T 

• • • THIS corner has viewed this attraction twice — once in 

the calm and quiet of RKO Radio's screening room and again as 

one of some 3,000 folks who packed the Grand Ballroom of the 

Waldorf-Astoria last Wednesday night on the occasion of a 

special showing More eloquent than any personal recommendation 

and more weighty than the plaudits of the regiment of invited 

guests present in the Waldorf is what happened when and since 

the film opened at the RKO Keith Theater in Washington this past 

mid-week We call the engagement in the nation's capital to your 

attention because in that instance "The Ramparts We Watch" was 

playing to the public (and still is) for the greatest consideration 

in the world of commerce namely, hard cash Money talks in 

show business 

T T T 

• • • PATRON lines long and eager have been 

the rule at the RKO Keith from the time the engagement be- 
gan — not lines comprising some specific type or class of 

filmgoer but a great cross-section of entertainment-seekers 

Government officials flappers diplomats 

soda-jerkers generals and admirals school boys and girls 

judges and lawyers taxi drivers and aviators 

debutantes and dime store clerks dowagers and drug store 

cowboys clergy and laborers housewives and shopkeep- 
ers It's America polyglot America the real source 

of maximum movie profits that's in those b.o. lines down in 

Washington Think that over, Mr. Exhib 

T ▼ T 

• • • UNDOUBTEDLY the most astonishing attribute of "The Ram- 
parts We Watch" — and one which gilds this lilly of a picture — 

is the tremendous appeal it packs for women patrons It ap- 
pears as soul-stirring and heart-warming to the fair sex as a mink coat 
Mr. Exhib. should make a prompt and prominent notation of this. 

T T T 

« • •> ANOTHER bit of jotting which the showman should 

do on his desk calendar pad is that the RKO Keith is 

doing its biggest grossing days outside of holidays. . . .since "Snow 

White" with "The Ramparts We Watch" and its being 

done with the thermometer registering about 100 degrees in the 

shade! You who have been crying for a box office "physician" 

weep no more for its on its way 



Standard Shelves 
Hold-over Policy 

(Continued from Page 1) 

holdovers have caused product 
pile up on Standard's books. 

Warner theater, for the last si 
eral years a double-feature sub; 
quent house, goes double-feati 
first-run, with a booking sheet 
dling the same type of pictured 
is now being shown at the Liber 
with emphasis on action pictun 
Prices will remain unchanged at ] 

Policy at the Liberty will not 
changed, and the theater will cc 
tinue to open runs on Fridays, wh 
the Warner openings will be on Su 

The Tower theater's single feati: 
first-run policy, recently adopte 
will be continued, and the Plaza tt 
ater, up to now a continuing first-r 
house, will be used for subsequen 
The Tower will begin the week 
Thursdays. A hold over first-r' 
policy in Tower and Plaza theate 
has definitely been discarded. 

Criterion and Midwest theate 
will be Standard's single-bill, fin 
run downtown houses, openii 
Thursdays and Fridays, respective 
Walter B. Shuttee, Standard genei 
manager, emphasizes that one-we 
showings of pictures downtown w 
be the rule, with no further she 
ings in suburban theaters for 
least 60 days. 

The State, T. B. Noble, Jr., ind 
will continue through the summer 
a double-feature, first-run hous 
but will return to its single featu 
policy in early autumn, accordii 
to Robert Pfotenhauer, manager. 

Second Drive-In for Memphis 

Memphis, Tenn. — -Frank Ciancic 
will construct a second drive-in th 
ater here if the Shelby Coun 
Board of Adjustment acts favorat. 
on his building permit applicaticj 
The architect is Claude Northei 
New theater would cost $35,000. 

ATAHT Held Over in Tenn. 

Memphis, Tenn.— ATAHT is 

its second week at the Warner he 
and at the Knickerbocker, Nashvil 
the first "holdovers" in montl 
"Maryland" did eight days of go 
business at the Paramount, Nas 

J. C. Scott Hurt in Crash 

Winchester, Ky. — J. C. Scott, ci 
cuit operator in Eastern Kentucls 
was seriously injured when his au 
rammed an abutment, near Stantc 
when he fell asleep at the whei 
Scott resides in Pikesville. 


« « « 

» \> %* 

Wilmington, Del.— Robert (Bo 
Ripple, Loew's poster artist, at 
Mrs. Ripple are the parents of 
baby girl weighing 7 lbs. 9% ozs. 
Memorial Hospital. 



it tells how 
pretty girls 
men into 



Coming Soon! 

the story of 
those 5 sisters 
in search of 


Coming Soon! 

Don't be a wallflower! Learn 
how to attract men! See 


Coming Soon! 

"It's time 

you knew 

about these 
things, dear!" ^ 
You must see 


Coming Soon! 



The delightful manner in which M-G-M has transferred the great novel 
and play to the screen is something to behold ! Preview audiences gave 
their spontaneous and uproarious approval. Famed Radio City Music 
Hall booked it on sight! Your patrons will welcome it as part of 
M-G-M's campaign to "Keep America Smiling." Congratulations to all 
who helped make it and a special salute to Greer Garson and Laurence 
Olivier for performances that are worthy of her previous "Mrs. Chips" 
and his "Mr. Rebecca." Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents with pride — 





Screen Play by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin • Directed 
by Robert Z. Leonard 'Produced by Hunt Stromberg 



day, July 29, 1940 

m $Sl 


C v'l is Planning 
arings on Decree 

ntmued from Page 1) 
e Henry W. Goddard for his 

liable sources said that a num- 
>f independent organizations in 
ion to the Pacific Coast Confer- 

Ahad requested an opportunity 

f heard. 

e Motion Picture Research 

icil, through Mrs. Mary T. Ban-, has written to Washington 
ig- Government officials to per- 
it to present its views, once a 
:e is formulated. The Motion 

are Research Council is credited 
drafting the original anti-block- 
ing and blind-selling legisla- 

■ 'vernment officials stated that 
• than 100 independent exhibi- 
■ have written to Washington in- 
• ig upon hearings and expressing 
i that the Government's stand 
d not be sufficiently strong. 
No Favoritism Promised 
ficials emphasized the point that 
avoritism would be extended to 
one organization but that all 
pations and individuals would be 
n equal footing at any hearing, 
matter of fact, one official said, 
'doors of the anti-trust division 
always open to any exhibitor 
wishes to urge his views on 
•rnment negotiators, 
torneys and Government officials 
Bired Friday and will resume 
y or tomorrow. Friday's ses- 
was concluded shortly after 1 
. due to the intense heat. Dis- 
|.on continued largely to center 
t further revisions of Sections 
4 and 6 of the consent decree 

C Staff Member Gets 
It. Conduct Medal 

•ndon (By Mail)— R. D. Pratt, a 

.ber of the staff of ABC's Savoy 

iter, Acton, has been awarded 

Distinguished Conduct Medal for 

mtry during withdrawal of Prin- 

Louise's Kensington Regiment 

i France. By getting his machine 

section into the action, he drew 

enemy's fire permitting other 

3 to withdraw with but one 


I K Tourney Tomorrow 

I ucago — Balaban & Katz Em- 

B es Association will hold its an- 

'■ Summer golf tournament at the 

■ ionville Country Club tomor- 

About 200 are expected to 

After That Nickel 

Lincoln, Neb. — Nobody need think the 
'oducers aren't out for every domestic 
ickel they can get. This town, long 
assed by exploiteers and press agents, 
ime up with three in a week: Bill 
:holl, RKO; Marty Weiser, Warners, 
id Bernard Evans, UA. 


"When the Daltons 

with Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian 

Donlevy, George Bancroft 

Universal 80 Mins. 


Wherever and whenever this pulsating 
production plays, audiences will spend most 
of their time on the edge of theater chairs. 
It's that sort of picture, — packed to virtual 
capacity with action, whirlwind situations 
and heroics, if indeed the almost super 
human exploits of the quartet of outlaw 
Dalton Brothers can be strictly classified 
in conservative eyes as "heroics." 

Converted suddenly from the status of 
substantial wheat farmers of Kansas, in 
the latter part of the past century, by the 
machinations of a crooked land-grabbing 
clique, the Daltons took the law in their 
own hands and became the dread of their 
own State and its neighbors. 

Randolph Scott essays the role of a young 
lawyer who, motivated by friendship of old 
for the Dalton family, defends one of the 
sons upon whom an accidental murder is 
attempted to be pinned by the land-grab- 
bers. At the trial of the accused, events 
occur which force the Dalton Brothers to 
fight their way out, and from that time re- 
main hunted men whose crimes pile up in 
both true and legendary fashion o'er the 

An ominous note is struck early in the 
film when Randolph Scott falls desperately 
in love with Grat Dalton's (Brian Donlevy) 
fiancee. The consequences of this mutual 
affinity form part of the film's surging 
climax but, long before this is reached, 
there are spine-shaking episodes showing 
the depredations of the bandits. 

The scene of their robbery of the rail- 
road train whereon deputies are swarming is 
a memorable sequence, excellently played 
and directed. Kay Francis is comely and 
capable as the girl in the love triangle. All 
the principal players turn in tip-top per- 
formances, and the technical texture of 
the picture is fine. 

Universal has a real hit in this one, which 
is synonymous with saying that its cus- 
tomers have. 

CAST: Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian 
Donlevy, George Bancroft, Andy Devine, 
Broderick Crawford, Stuart Erwin, Frank 
Aibertson, Mary Gordon. 

CREDITS: Director, George Marshall; 
Screenplay, Lester Cole, Stuart Anthony; 
Author, Emmett Dalton; Cameraman, Hal 
Mohr; Art Director, Jack Otterson; Cos- 
tumes, Vera West; Editor, Edward Curtiss; 
Sound, Bernard Brown; Technician, Robert 
Pritchard; Assistant Director, Vernon Keays; 
Unit Publicist, Alanson Edwards. 

Very Skillful. 


"Junior G-Men" 

with The Dead End Kids 

Universal 20 minute episodes 

The well-established reputations of 
the Dead End Kids, plus the Little 
Tough Guys, make this a natural 
draw for the serial fans, especially 
the kid trade. In addition the Junior 
G-Men organization is well-known to 
all youngsters who read the Sunday 

In the first three episodes the Kids 
are their roughhouse selves and the 
story is the usual weird and evidently 
popular action stuff cooked up for 
the chapter play fans. This time the 
U. S. social order is to be changed 
by The Order of the Flaming Torch 
unless the FBI, ably assisted by the 
Junior G-Men can disperse the gang. 
The first episodes end respectively 
with a falling elevator, the boys 
trapped in an exploding shack and a 
car careening over a cliff, indicating 
plenty of action and suspense in the 
chase to come. 


15c Charge for Hosiery 
Premium in Conn. House 

East Haven, Conn. — Capitol Thea- 
ter is first to try sheer hose give- 
away for lady partons, charging 15 
cents after admission. Adolph John- 
son is distributor for the New Haven 

"To New Horizons" 
Metropolitan Film Distributors 

25 mins. 
Good Documentary 

Stressing an imaginative view into 
the future, especially as regards road 
construction and city planning of an- 
other day to come, this subject con- 
tains plenty of thought material for 
its audiences. The opening sequences 
in black and white are merely to 
prepare for the fine Technicolor tour 
of the Futurama, probably the most 
popular exhibit on the N. Y. World's 
Fair grounds. Millions of persons 
who have gone through this Norman 
Bel Geddes designed attraction will 
create plenty of advance word of 
mouth notice so that a ready audience 
should be available. Picture was pro- 
duced by Jam Handy Picture Service 
under the sponsorship of General 
Motors which operates the Futurama. 
However there is no direct adver- 
tising in the subject, merely a small 
GM credit on the title. A special 
musical score was written for the 
subject, the last two-thirds of which 
is in Technicolor. 

Syrian Theaters Reopen, 
But War Films Are Banned 

Beirut, Syria (By Air Mail) — With 
the demobilization of French Army 
in progress, the Military Authori- 
ties have permitted the opening of 
film theaters. War pictures and 
news reels depicting European and 
Far Eastern hostilities are banned. 
Old American features are being 


"The Bookworm Turns" 

(M-G-M Cartoon) 

M-G-M 8 mins. 

Weird Subject 

The further adventures of the 
bookworm and the raven in a set- 
ting guaranteed to frighten any 
youngster. They become mixed up 
with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who 
transposes their brains and then 
enlarges the bookworm to abnormal 
size. Said bookworm is about to 
destroy the bird when Dr. Jekyll 
relents and puts them through a 
maze of electrical and chemical 
equipment that brings both back to 
normal. Animation, particularly in 
the scientific equipment scenes, is 

"Little Blabbermouse" 

(Merrie Melody) 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 

Fair Cartoon 

A mouse caricature of W. C. 
Fields conducts after hours tours 
through a drug store with an amus- 
ing gag commentary until a cat 
finally breaks up his racket. Just 

"Famous Movie Dogs" 

(Color Parade) 

Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Good Dog Subject 

Film fans will be interested in the 
methods of selecting and training 
dogs for picture parts. Subject shows 
the selection of dogs for a bit, their 
training in the roles, and the final 
shooting of the scene. A number 
of better known Hollywood pooches 
are seen in the reel. 

"Varsity Swing" 

Universal 17 l /z mins. 

Good Swing Musical 

With the near-school drug store as 
a locale, the students stage a jam 
session for the headmistress, result- 
ing in some good light entertainment. 
A couple of swing numbers featuring 
the radio team, Six Hits and a Miss, 
stand out. Others in the revue are 
Martha Tilton, Peggy Ryan and 
Buddy Pepper, Dennett and Dea, and 
Ted Arkin. 

"Comin' 'Round Mountain' 
To Debut in Nashville 

Nashville, Tenn. — Manager Charles 
Ames is making plans for the premi- 
ere of Para.'s "Comin' 'Round the 
Mountain" at the Paramount Theater 
in August. 

Syracuse Holds "The Boys" 

Syracuse, N. Y. — "The Boys from 
Syracuse," which had its world pre- 
miere here, goes a second week on a 
moveover from Keith's to the Eckel. 
ATAHT replaced at Keiths. 



Monday, July 29, IS 

Ask Top Terms for 
'Ramparts We Watch' 

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territory will be the date it opens 
in the first important city. First 
days of initial engagement at the 
Keith Theater in Washington gave 
the house a gross four times above 
average, it was reported. On Fri- 
day, biz topped that of preceding 
days, forcing the house finally to 
open a second box-office. It is pre- 
dicted that "Ramparts" will more 
than double the house's average for 
a week. The grosses for Wednes- 
day and Thursday are among the 
highest ever recorded by the theater 
in the summer, and ran ahead of the 
biz done by "My Favorite Wife." 

The Washington pre-selling cam- 
paign on "Ramparts" included nine 
newspaper ads totaling 5,200 lines 
and 147 radio announcements in one 
to five minute spots. Newspaper 
ads were run in news sections; the 
radio spots were strung over a per- 
iod of four days, two of which were 
prior to opening. 


Sees "Monopoly 1 in 
5-Picture Proposal 

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attacked by Paramount partners last 
week and now by independents. 

The five-picture plan gives an ex- 
clusive selling advantage to the dis- 
tributor, in the opinion of Max A. 
Cohen, head of the Cinema circuit. 
Cohen describes the proposal as a 
"distribution monopoly with Gov- 
ernment consent." 

Another circuit head declared that 
buying in groups of five gave no 
assurance of a flow of product, so 
necessary in the operation of one 
theater or a string of them. Such a 
system, he said, would make it easy 
for a distributor to charge whatever 
price he wanted to for the block; 
and with right of cancellation, the 
exhibitor would be strictly "in the 
dog house," he added. 

Weinstock Building Two 

Two new 600-seat theaters are 
being built in the New York area for 
operating companies headed by David 
Weinstock. The Circle is soon to 
open in the Bronx, while work is 
progressing on the Mayfair at Flush- 
ing. Weinstock has signed contracts 
with RCA Photophone for sound 
equipment for both houses. 

Slurges to Direct "Lady Eve" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Para, has tentatively 
assigned Preston Sturges to direct 
"Lady Eve" from the Monckton Hoff 
play, "Two Bad Hats." Douglas 
Dumbrille has joined "The Roundup" 
cast. Ian Hunter is scripting "Sec- 
ond Chorus." 

"Outsider" Set In Boston 

Alliance's "The Outsider" opens 
its first-run engagement in Boston 
for the full week beginning Aug. 1 
at Keith's Memorial Theater. 


Theater Closings 


Lonsdale — Colony House; 7-1-40; 
Owner: J. D. Lonsdale, Jr.; Closed 

Hot Springs—Star, 7-5-40; Own- 
er: Chas. Morrell; closed indefinitely. 

Star City— Star, 6-15-40; Owner: 
W. D. Mitchell; Burned, will not be 

Hope— New, 7-1-40; Owner: R. V. 
McGinniss; Dismantled. 

Coeur d'Alene — Liberty, 6-1-40; 
Owner: Simons Amusemen